Health and Human Services Mandate IS NOT A Catholic-Only Issue
This is not just a "Catholic contraception" issue. This HHS mandate will also effect employers of any faith who would violate their conscience by paying for their employees to obtain and take RU-486, the abortion pill used to prevent "morning after" conceptions. For you fans of Dr. Dobson's ministry in the evangelical world, this means that Focus on the Family, which has often relied on Catholicism for the source of its moral teachings, will now be forced to pay for the morning-after pill for it's employees, contraception and sterilizations. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, (a source of magisterial teaching for many conservative protestants) will now be forced to pay for RU-486 for employees. Once again, this is an institution that often allies itself with the Catholic Church when it comes to morals and ethics. (See the president of that university's blog here)
Protestant colleges, employers and charities will all be forced to comply with this. The Catholic bishops have already begun to orchestrate a legal challenge to this and hopefully will be joined by our protestant brothers and sisters. Christians of all faiths need to contact their legislators to make their outrage known.
"We cannot-we will not- comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America's cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture only to have their posterity stripped of their God-given rights."
The Catholic Bishops of the United States.