Mr. Biden Gets “the Facts” Wrong

Don Clemmer of the USCCB explains, Detective Joe Friday style.

Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees:

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”

This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.

Read the rest.  There is a reason why the Church is suing the government after all.

  • Ted Seeber

    And it’s also why, despite contraception being in it, opposition to the HHS mandate is NOT about a war on women. It’s about that narrow definition of what is a religious institution.

    • Frank Weathers

      Actually, there is more to it than that. The HHS Mandate strikes at the heart of freedom.

      • Ted Seeber

        Given 1968-1969 and the resulting fiscal and sexual libertine philosophical fallout from that time; I can no longer say I’m for that American Experiment. It failed, and the current destruction of the Church being preached by the Obama Administration is only matched by the fiscal destruction threatened by a Romney/Ryan administration.

        Liberty without duty is license to be criminal. And it doesn’t matter what form of liberty you’re talking about, it will be twisted into the worship of the Unholy Trinity of Mammon, Moloch, and Mars. It does not, cannot, serve God.