President Obama’s new healthcare plan has sent shock waves through the members of the Catholicism as U.S. citizens will be required to buy government-approved health insurance plans that cover sterilization and contraceptives.
The Catholic church is in an uproar, as their faith teaches that sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion are in violation of God’s law, and should not be used by Catholics.
The regulation that Obama’s administration has put in place requires that health-insurance plans must provide sterilization, contraceptives and abortifacients without any fees or co-pay.
The bishops of the Catholic faith in the United States have stated that this new initiative goes against their beliefs and is “literally unconscionable”.
Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been vocal about his disapproval of Obama’s new measure.
“To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable,” said Dolan. “It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically, this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty.”
Dolan argues that this measure violates the people’s rights declared in the First Amendment, the right to religion. By proposing this plan, the pro-life movement supporters are forced to either buy the new insurance against their faith, or go without insurance.
The House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, a self-professed Catholic, supports the move by Obama’s administration.
The plan goes into effect August 1st, but certain religious organizations will be given a year to make the transition. Under the restrictions placed on these organizations, though, Catholic universities, charities, and hospitals would not be included.
To read Dolan’s article in the Wall Street Journal, click here.
The question now is this: Will the people stand for this? Will they act against this, or allow it to continue, and adjust to it? How do you feel about this new plan? Does this violate the First Amendment? And this matter is not limited to just Catholics, but the Pro-Life believers in the U.S.
What do you think? Is this the right move?