Action Alert!
Catholic World News

Even if cooperation is remote, HHS mandate is still immoral, explains analyst

February 22, 2012

Some moral theologians have argued that Catholics could be morally justified in accepting the HHS mandate, because they would be required to engage in “remote material cooperation” with the provision of contraceptives. But Robert Miller of Villanova law school finds a flaw in that reasoning. Even if individuals (or institutions) could justify cooperation, he argues, the HHS mandate would remain morally wrong because is forces compliance with a policy that some people find repugnant. He explains:

Even if their cooperation is not culpable, the objecting employers would be cooperating only because they are being coerced into doing so: if they do not comply, then the law imposes on them rather substantial financial penalties. Such a law is morally objectionable even if the coercion involved makes complying with the law morally permissible.


Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.