Today, I would like to explain these rules and why the church finds them objectionable.
The Catholic Church maintains that life is both good and sacred, because it has been created by God. Therefore, we do not support actions which destroy life, such as abortions or warfare. We also do not support contraceptives, such as condoms or birth control pills, which actively prevent the creation of life.
#1. Preventative Services. The first major problem with the proposed health care regulations is that they place pregnancy on the list of diseases covered by preventative services. Pregnancy is not a disease; it is a natural, healthy process, and it is how each of us came into being. While the Catholic Church promotes abstinence outside of marriage, we do not believe that the government should actively try to prevent pregnancies.
#2. Contraceptives. The second major problem with the proposed health care regulations is that they require all health care providers to provide contraceptive drugs and sterilization procedures to their clients. This includes abortion drugs, which are disguised under the title of "emergency contraceptives". Again, these mandates apply to everyone, regardless of your personal views or beliefs on contraception and abortion. The current California laws on abortion, which are flawed enough as it is, state that the right to abortion is a woman's choice. The Federal government now seeks to remove that choice by making access to abortion pills mandatory.
#3. Exemptions. The rules for religious exemptions and conscientious objectors are incredibly limiting. For example, the only way a Catholic hospital can avoid is if every single person who works in the hospital is Catholic, and every single person who goes to the hospital is Catholic. This is a horrible exception clause, because it legally prohibits our hospitals from helping everyone in need; it requires us to practice religious discrimination against non-Catholics. Jesus himself helped everyone, no matter what their religion was. The government should not force us to act contrary to Jesus' life and teachings.
In conclusion, the Catholic Church does not support the government's proposed rules and regulations concerning health care. All concerned Americans are highly encouraged to contact their elected representatives and let them know our opinions.
The US Declaration of Independence affirms that everyone is created by God, which means that everyone has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These proposed regulations aim to end life, and they do not allow for the liberty of religious or moral freedom. They are therefore both anti-Catholic and anti-American.