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New York Times editorial rips bishops on religious liberty

Catholic World News - October 04, 2012

Praising a federal court decision that dismissed a challenge to the HHS mandate, a New York Times editorial blasted bishops and others who have raised concerns about the mandate’s threat to religious liberty. “Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, prominent Republicans and other social conservatives have spent the past year making inflammatory allegations that an Obama administration rule requiring employer health plans to cover birth control without a co-pay tramples on religious freedom,” the editorial stated. “Judge Jackson’s powerful ruling is a victory for women and religious freedom. The many other courts hearing similar lawsuits by companies, individuals and groups with religious affiliations should follow her approach.”

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  • Posted by: spledant7672 - Oct. 04, 2012 11:30 AM ET USA

    "(an employee's) independent decision to use the plan to obtain contraceptives;...is no different from an employee using part of a salary to pay for contraceptives, which clearly would not harm the employer’s right to free exercise of religion." The benefit of this ruling for Catholics is that it clarifies this as the crux of the arguement: whether health-care plans which provide for contaceptives are, along with salary, part of an employee's renumeration package or whether they are different.

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