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Glendon explains vital importance of suits against contraceptive mandate

May 22, 2012

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Mary Ann Glendon--the Harvard law professor and former US ambassador to the Vatican--explains that in their lawsuits against the Obama administration, aimed to block the contraceptive mandate, the American bishops are fighting for religious freedom.

The main goal of the mandate is not, as HHS claimed, to protect women's health. It is rather a move to conscript religious organizations into a political agenda, forcing them to facilitate and fund services that violate their beliefs, within their own institutions.

The case has implications that reach beyond religious boundaries, Glendon argues:

At the deepest level, we are witnessing an attack on the institutions of civil society that are essential to limited government and are important buffers between the citizen and the all-powerful state.


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - May. 23, 2012 9:16 AM ET USA

    Such a clear thinker and defender of the Faith! I remember that she refused an award from Notre Dame because of the invitation to Obama to speak at that graduation. How much better if Georgetown had sent their graduates off into the world with Glendon's words echoing in their ears instead of Sebelius'.