Pelosi Vows to Stand With Obama Against Catholic Church

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) vowed today that she  will join with the Obama administration in standing up against the  Catholic Church in defending a new regulation that will require Catholic  individuals to buy, and Catholic institutions to provide, health  insurance plans that cover sterilizations and artificial contraceptives,  including those that induce abortions.

The Catholic church teaches that sterilization, artificial  contraception and abortion are morally wrong and the Catholic bishops of  the United States have argued that forcing a Catholic individual to  purchase a health insurance plan that covers these things–or forcing a Catholic institution to provide such a plan–forces Catholics to  act against their  consciences and is a violation of the First Amendment  right to free exercise of religion.

In letters being read from the pulpit in Catholic parishes across the  nation, Catholic bishops are saying: “We cannot—we will not—comply  with this unjust law.”

At her Wednesday press briefing, asked Pelosi: “The  administration has issued a regulation that will require all health-care  plans to cover sterilization and all FDA-approved contraceptives,  including those that induce abortions. This would force Catholic  individuals and institutions to act against their consciences. All  across the nation, Catholic bishops are saying:–

Pelosi responded: “Is this a speech, or do we have a question in disguise as a speech?” continued: “‘We cannot–we will not—comply with this  law.’ Catholic bishops are saying they will not comply with this law.  Will you stand with your fellow Catholics in resisting this law or will  you stick by the administration?”

Pelosi: “First of all, I am going to stick with my fellow Catholics  in supporting the administration on this. I think it was a very  courageous decision that they made, and I support it.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius first announced the proposed regulation in August as part of the initial implementation of Obamacare. The regulation, as proposed, was set to take  effect on Aug. 1 of this year. In September, the U.S. Conference of  Catholic Bishops sent public comments on the regulation to HHS. In these  comments, the bishops called the regulation an “unprecedented attack on  religious freedom” and urged that it be rescinded.

In November, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of  the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, met with President Obama and  personally explained to him the Catholic Church’s objections to the  regulation.

On Jan. 20, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius  announced that the regulations would go forward and will take effect  for most health care plans as of Aug. 1. However, Sebelius gave religiously affiliated  non-profit organizations—such as Catholic hospitals, universities,  and charitable organizations—an additional year to “adapt” to the  mandate. For them, it now set to take effect on Aug.  1, 2013.

Following Sebelius announcement, the Catholic bishops put out a  statement calling the regulation “literally unconscionable.” Meanwhile, Catholic bishops around the country have been calling on Catholics to  oppose the regulation.

Many of the bishops have published letters that priests are reading to their congregations. The letters explain the Catholic objections to the regulation and call for Catholics to resist it.  Many of these letter include the following passage from the letter Bishop Paul  Loverde of Arlington, Va., and Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond,  Va., have asked their priests to read at Mass this coming Sunday:

“In so ruling, the Administration has cast aside the First Amendment  to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our  Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty.  And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be  compelled either to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage  for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing do). The  Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year  to comply.

“We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law.”

I won America and can do whatever I want, including killing babies.

I am BO and I support the killing of babies.

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