As we blogged about, Democrats in the Senate, which they control, fast-tracked a bill that would nullify the Supreme Court’s ruling that Hobby Lobby and other privately-held companies could opt out of the Obamacare contraception mandate by citing their religious objections to abortifacients. The bill would prevent the Religious Freedom Restoration Act from applying in such cases. And since Republicans would probably oppose it, the bill would advance the Democrats’ narrative that Republicans are engaged in a “war against women.” Well, the bill was defeated in the Senate, though House leadership says it may come up again. [Read more…]
Critics of the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Obamacare contraceptive mandate must include exemptions for business owners whose religion does not permit them to purchase birth control pills and possible abortifacients are howling with indignation. Women are going to be prevented from having access to birth control! The ruling will result in more unwanted pregnancies and thus more abortions!
But the ruling itself simply makes the remedy already given to churches and religious organizations available to religious individuals who own businesses. Those who claim the religious exemption will not have to pay for contraceptive coverage in the insurance plans they make available to their employees. But the insurance companies will have to provide a separate policy that does so at no extra charge to the employees. Thus, as the court said, all women will still get free birth control. Even the employees of Hobby Lobby. [Read more…]
The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
The justices’ 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.
In a major pro-life victory, the Supreme Court overturned laws providing “buffer zones” outside abortion clinics and other restrictions on the sidewalk counseling that attempts to talk women out of aborting their children. This was yet another unanimous vote. (The justices, both conservative and liberal, have been finding that the Constitution speaks clearly on at least some issues after all.) [Read more…]
The head of Canada’s Liberal Party has decreed that all new candidates running for parliament in his party–or is it running for any office? that part isn’t clear to me–must be pro-abortion. The socialist New Democratic party has a similar policy. The Conservatives will allow pro-lifers to run for office, but they are not allowed to bring up the issue.
Thus all major Canadian political parties–there are some smaller ones that pro-lifers can presumably join–are working together to exclude the pro-life cause from political consideration. Think something like that could happen in the USA?
At this rate, maybe Pope Francis will be the last pope!
Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: They’re issues that pain and puzzle Roman Catholics who want to be true to both their church and themselves.
Now those issues are about to be put up for debate by their leader, a man who appears determined to push boundaries and effect change.
On Pope Francis’ orders, the Vatican will convene an urgent meeting of senior clerics this fall to reexamine church teachings that touch the most intimate aspects of people’s lives. Billed as an “extraordinary” assembly of bishops, the gathering could herald a new approach by the church to the sensitive topics. [Read more…]