CHICAGO – CatholicVote.org, a leading national grassroots Catholic advocacy organization, denounced President Barack Obama’s refusal to allow any meaningful religious exemption from his administration’s contraception mandate.
CatholicVote.org President Brian Burch issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement from Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius:
“Barack Obama ignored the pleas of millions of Catholics, including the United States Bishops, the President of Notre Dame, and even Sr. Carol Keehan, his biggest Catholic supporter. President Obama’s stubborn refusal to allow a religious exemption from his onerous and unneeded contraception and abortion drug mandate is not only unconstitutional, it’s bad politics. Catholic bishops across the country have repeatedly asked President Obama not to force Catholic hospitals and schools to pay for medicines and procedures that the Church considers to be unethical and immoral. Catholics will now be forced to violate their consciences or stop providing health insurance altogether.
“It’s hard to believe that on this date, exactly one year from next year’s inauguration, President Obama would hand the Republican Party a golden opportunity to focus on religious liberty and win back the Catholic vote it lost in 2008. The only question is: Will the Republican presidential nominee seize the opportunity?”