Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities at the USCCB, wrote this prescient article in September of 2011. He provides excellent background and analysis of the issue, written shortly after the HHS first publicized the mandate.
Some key thoughts:
Americans have expressed many different views about contraception and sterilization. But just about everyone has been able to agree on one thing: Government should not force anyone to act in accord with someone else’s view rather than his or her own.
That consensus may have ended August 1, when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will require virtually all private health plans in the U.S. to cover the full range of contraceptive drugs and devices and sterilization procedures, as well as “education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity” to promote these. HHS will require this under the new health care reform law’s mandate for covering “preventive services” without co-pays or out-of-pocket expenses. Even the great majority of religious organizations must comply, or stop providing health coverage