Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ALL Pro-Life Today Report 6/19/2012

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Catholic Conscience Betrayed
By Judie Brown
Today's commentary addresses something we should all be concerned about, especially with this being an election year. Not only are the conscience rights of Catholics and other religions being threatened, but our very morals are as well. Furthermore, many Catholics just do not understand the ramifications of putting chemicals----like the pill and morning-after pill----into their bodies. The Church has put forth documents that explain its stance, yet these have often fallen on deaf ears. Cited in today's commentary is an extremely helpful document that will help explain the truth about the pill. Read on for more about this timely subject. 

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Last month dozens of Catholic institutions in the United States filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, challenging the constitutionality of its contraception mandate. There can be little doubt that requiring employers to provide a drug that violates their conscience is against the First Amendment. It violates one of the main reasons for the founding of our country: religious freedom. But the underlying problem is far deeper than a constitutional or historical issue. The fact is that the federal government has absolutely no right to mandate a drug that is really not a health benefit for anyone, but a health danger----for the woman, and certainly for the little human life inside of her.  

Komen announces new funding for Planned Parenthood abortion biz
Life News
Another Komen affiliate is sending thousands of dollars to the nation's biggest abortion business following the national controversy over Komen's initial decision, and subsequent reversal, to deny Planned Parenthood funding. The North Jersey affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Friday that Planned Parenthood is among the recipients of more than $1.2 million in total grants to 18 local organizations. A news report reveals the Komen chapter had given a $20,000 grant to the local Planned Parenthood abortion business last year and chose to renew the grant this year.  


No, it's not all great news. The Catholic Health Association (CHA) and its leader, Obamacare advocate Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, have apparently reversed their position and now stand in opposition to the Obama administration's inadequate "accommodation" on the HHS contraceptive mandate. Kudos for that! But as is becoming a tiresome habit for CHA, they aren't standing entirely with the bishops. CHA says in today's letter to HHS that it wants the contraceptive mandate's exemption "broadened to cover all ministries of the Church," just as the bishops have argued. Yet in direct contradiction to the bishops, CHA is pushing for a new definition of religious organizations that could prove even worse than the Obama administration's current language. And if accepted, the CHA definition could be a disaster for the cause of religious liberty and for Catholic higher education.