New polling shows that Americans oppose the HHS mandate

A new poll by Marist College and the Knights of Columbus shows that most Americans are opposed to the HHS mandate and the assault on religious liberty that the mandate represents.

Some interesting numbers:

  • 74% of American think that religious liberty should be protected, even if it conflicts with other laws
  • 58% thought that health care providers and organizations should be able to opt out of providing abortion
  • 51% thought that health care providers and organizations should be able to opt out of providing abortion-inducing drugs
  • 52% thought that health care providers and organizations should be able to opt out of providing in-vitro fertilization, if the death of an embryo could result
  • 55% thought that health care providers and organizations should be able to opt out of providing drugs to hasten the death of a terminally-ill patient
  • 51% thought that health care providers and organizations should be able to opt out of providing   and birth control pills

The final statistic is particularly striking, given that other recent polling found that 88% of Americans think that birth control pills are moral.  People understand the difference between deciding for themselves to take an action, and forcing people to pay for those actions, and thus acting against their faith. The American people get it–why can’t the Administration?

We have much internal catechesis to do.  In this survey, 77% of “practicing Catholics” think that using contraceptives to prevent pregnancy is morally acceptable.  About 40% of “practicing Catholics” don’t think that health care providers should be able to opt out of providing abortions, or speeding along the death of a terminally ill person. 

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