When it comes to the government mandate that all private health plans cover birth control that can also cause abortions with no co-pay, Jon O’Brien of Catholics for Choice opines that “religious discrimination is wrong.” But the pro-abortion leader, writing in an op-ed for The Hill on Friday, means something a little different from when the bishops say it. As it turns out, “discriminating” religious people as exempt from forced participation in abortions is what’s the matter. Therefore, far from needing more conscience protections, O’Brien writes, “the otherwise sound regulation goes awry” because it acknowledges any conscience rights at all: […]
“The lack of respect for the beliefs of Catholic persons and institutions (and other men and women of good will) is startling and unprecedented in modern federal regulations,” said Msgr. Stuart Swetland.