As you probably already know, this mandate is a big deal. It is a clear violation of the rights of religious liberty as found in the first amendment to the U.S. Constition. If it allowed to stand, it will impose large fines on Catholic hospitals, Catholic universities, Catholic media organizations, and other Catholic organizations who are unwilling to go against the Catholic faith by paying for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilizations. Francis Cardinal George of Chicago has even said that Catholic hospitals and other Catholic organizations will be forced either to renounce their Catholic identity or to go out of business, if the mandate is not changed. Here is part of Cardinal George's recent column:
If you haven’t already purchased the Archdiocesan Directory for 2012, I would suggest you get one as a souvenir. On page L-3, there is a complete list of Catholic hospitals and health care institutions in Cook and Lake counties. Each entry represents much sacrifice on the part of medical personnel, administrators and religious sponsors. Each name signifies the love of Christ to people of all classes and races and religions. Two Lents from now, unless something changes, that page will be blank.
(Read the entire column here.)
I contacted both of my senators yesterday about my opposition to the HHS contraception mandate, and my support for the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. If you are in the United States, have you contacted your senators yet? If not, please call their offices today. Just go to www.senate.gov and select your state to find your two senators. Or find out more from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops here or here (the second link is a PDF file).
And yes this is still a video blog, so finally, here are two videos on this topic:
(Videos found on LifeSiteNews.com.)