Birth Control Mandate

Posted on February 14, 2012

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The debate whether Catholic Institutions should have an obligation and mandate by the Federal Government to pay for birth control has brought up a debate that can not, nor should ever be, ignored. The real underlying question in all the dialogue that has gone on about it comes down to whether there is any limitations on the Freedom of Religion as provided by the first amendment of the US Constitution. It reads…

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Whether you are pro life, pro contraceptives, pro anything that defies what the Catholic Church says, it doesn’t matter. The simple fact of the matter is that the government made a law that defied the laws of the Catholic Church and prohibited Church organizations such as Catholic Schools or Catholic Hospitals to exercise their religion. The root of the issue comes down to the simple founder’s ideology that Religious prosecution trumps all forms of government involvement.

This issue is not a Woman’s rights issue because no one in the Church says that you do not have a choice whether to buy and use contraceptives or birth control. No one is saying that you should put yourself in harms way and we should outlaw you from buying them from the store. Someone who wishes to work in a Catholic Church, a Catholic School or a Catholic Hospital must realize that these are issues they will have to deal with signing the contract. No one is forced to work within these institutions.

Regardless if your a Democrat, a Republican, or a Libertarian we all live under the Constitution and its principles need to be upheld and the freedom to practice religion must never be defied.

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