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Business journal editorial: Save Little Sisters of the Poor from HHS mandate

Catholic World News - December 21, 2012

An editorial in the Investors’ Business Daily calls attention to the Little Sisters of the Poor, whose work will become impossible in the US if the HHS mandate goes into full effect without a broad “conscience-clause” exemption. The Little Sisters care for the poor and hire staff regardless of faith, so they are unlikely to qualify for any “accommodation” the Obama administration offers. The editorial concludes:

Hopefully the courts will set things right and soon. The Constitution says Congress shall make no law threatening the free exercise of religion.
Yet, with its contraception mandate affecting religious institutions, that is precisely what ObamaCare does.

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  • Posted by: chady - Dec. 22, 2012 12:08 PM ET USA

    In the UK local government planning depts recognise an unwritten law[?] that of ......unintended consequences. In the UK the Catholic Church had to withdraw its support to its own adoption agencies because of national government interference with adoption criteria.This was in the name of Equality legislation. Inadvertently is Obamacare going to cause the withdrawal of US Catholic institutions as healthcare providers. The demands of the HHS mandate on the Little Sisters is a worrying development.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Dec. 21, 2012 9:16 PM ET USA

    This would be sweet if it were not so sad. The USCCB supported socialized medicine whole heartedly until the inevitable problems of artificial birth control, abortion, and euthanasia became obvious parts of the law. But then their condemnation of the whole of the law was so equivocal that "Catholic" members of Congress and voters could justify supporting it. They were able to support candidates that support the distasteful aspects of the law as well.

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