Bishops’ complaint an all-out war on contraception

I think it’s important to understand just what the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is demanding in its war against contraception coverage. Here’s USA Today on the matter:

The White House is “all talk, no action” on moving toward compromise, said Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “There has been a lot of talk in the last couple days about compromise, but it sounds to us like a way to turn down the heat, to placate people without doing anything in particular,” Picarello said. “We’re not going to do anything until this is fixed.”

That means removing the provision from the health care law altogether, he said, not simply changing it for Catholic employers and their insurers. He cited the problem that would create for “good Catholic business people who can’t in good conscience cooperate with this.”

“If I quit this job and opened a Taco Bell, I’d be covered by the mandate,” Picarello said.

In other words, the bishops are not merely demanding that church-affiliated organizations be exempted from the requirement that contraception be covered in health insurance. They are insisting that the contraception requirement be abolished altogether.

The proposed legislative fix endorsed by the bishops, HR 1179, makes that explicitly clear. It states that no insurer or employer can be required to provide coverage if paying for such coverage “is contrary to the religious beliefs or moral convictions of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan; or (if) such coverage (in the case of individual coverage) is contrary to the religious beliefs or moral convictions of the purchaser or beneficiary of the coverage.”

Again, that is not a fix limited to churches or church-affliated organizations. It would prohibit the contraception requirement across the board, for every employer and insurer.

If you had any doubts about how political this all is, that ought to resolve them. Twenty-eight states, including conservative Georgia, have had laws on the books for years that require contraceptives be covered, with not a squeak of protest or complaint.

And yet now it becomes a threat to religious liberty?

– Jay Bookman

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February 10th, 2012
7:25 am

Anything the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) deems preventative care for women will be free.

Horrors! The Uteri will soon engulf the planet!

stands for decibels

February 10th, 2012
7:29 am

I think Bud’s bed only has that one side.

I’m sure “Bud Wiser” is a real good guy if you can get past the homophobia, sexism, racism, and overall hatred for humanity.

headin’ upstairs for a bit.

Bill Orvis White

February 10th, 2012
7:57 am

Why should gov’t provide contraceptive care? What? Why? Free condoms? Why? Why should the state be involved in the bedroom, closet or kitchen?! I see so much gloating about getting free HIV tests, condoms etc. and you all want folk like Bill White to pay for this? This is beyond highway robbery! I’m trying to make a living and even create jobs, but folk like you want your personal God, Hussein Obama, to hand out free condoms to you. THIS IS WHY I’M NOT HIRING!

Jerome Horwitz

February 10th, 2012
8:08 am

None of this is free you jackwagons – it’s part of the basic coverages of an insurance policy. An insurance policy which all of us pay for along with our employers. Some on this blog act like being stupid is a virtue!

granny godzilla

February 10th, 2012
8:08 am

I love the sight of Protestants bowing to the Papists!

Make sure you’re facing the right direction.


February 10th, 2012
8:12 am

Bill Orvis White

personal God, Hussein Obama, to hand out free condoms to you. THIS I

That personal God has made decsisions by killing people so retards like you can operate a business, who cares if you dont hire true Americans will, you and the far right are our in house terrorist.
When will these Bishops and Priest start going to the Catholics colleges and ban birth control?


February 11th, 2012
6:08 am

These papist perverts should piss off. Astounding that the US is still so heavily influenced by such superstitious nonsense.


February 14th, 2012
1:10 pm

How interesting the Catholic Bishops are so vocal on the issue of contraception, when it pertains to womens health. When the issue of confirmed allegations of child abuse at the hands of priest. Their respponse was pretty much MUTE from all corners of their theology. If, they were this vocal and vigilant about the abuse of the thousands of children boys and girls in and around the church,Just think of all of the emotional and mental anguish caused due to the lack of leadership when it comes to supervsing their own. These Bishops and its leaders represent surreal hypocricy of the highest order. I suggest they the do the same on this issue, Just TRANSFER, the responsibility as they did with their own clergy.