People may think that this is a stretch. However, the proponents of the culture of death (known as “pro-choice”), consider abortion, contraception, sterilization, plan B, as “services” on the spectrum of “preventative care” or “reproductive health care.” It is a natural progression for them to think that just as contraception and sterilization are rights, that direct abortion, and abortion-inducing drugs are also rights. We all know that our government is forcing (virtually) all employers to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization to all employees as a part of preventative health services on insurance plans. The government doesn’t think that our freedom of religion, as institutions (such as Catholic hospitals), businesses, or individuals should get in the way of these essential rights.
Could our government mandate abortion coverage on insurance plans? Could our government mandate that Catholic hospitals conduct abortions? A recent panel discussion of candidates for Senate in Connecticut reveals that many people running for office think so.
Here are some of the answers of the candidates, when asked, “should the government force Catholic hospitals to provide these services, specifically abortions?” (“these services” refers to the entire spectrum of contraception, sterilization, and abortion).
- Susan Bysiewicz: “The federal government has the right to regulate what services are provided, because Catholic institutions, colleges and universities get funding from the federal government, and I believe that those institutions should provide access to reproductive health care.”
- Chris Murphy: “They certainly have the ability to decide what services they perform.”
- Matthew Oakes: “If they’re gonna take our money—I’m Roman Catholic—then they need to perform the health care issues that women need performed for them.”
- William Tong: “Access to an abortion should be open and available. Acess to contraception, the same thing. These are basic liberties enshrined in our Constitution, in our jurisprudence. That’s a fact. […] I think we need a cooperative approach. We had a bill in the state Legislature to provide emergency contraception. It was called Plan B. […] Now Plan B is a reality. Emergency contraception is made available to patients at Catholic hospitals. We just need to find a way to make it work.”
- Lee Whitnum did not answer the question about whether the federal government must force Catholic institutions to provide abortion or contraceptive services. She said she supported institutions providing them.
The Catholic (eastern and Latin) bishops of Connecticut spoke out strongly against this effort.
If we lose this fight over the HHS mandate, and the mandate stands, the next government mandate will be coverage of, and provision of, abortions.