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Catholic Bishops Campaign for “Conscience Rights” [VIDEO]

Catholic Bishops Campaign for “Conscience Rights” [VIDEO]

A new Catholic political action group releases an ad urging supporters to contact Congress and tell lawmakers to support the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” aka Blunt Amendment, which would allow all employers to opt out of any insurance coverage they find “morally objectionable.”

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5:59AM PST on Mar 9, 2012


2:16AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

It is sad to see a nation in such a tangle over healthcare which should be accessible to everyone. I cannot believe the charges for healthcare in the USA and I am thankful that I live in a country where we buy our own health care insurance in addition to having the option of using the state healthcare system that we contribute our taxes towards (this usually has a longer waiting period). No one goes without healthcare and if the wait is too long due to lack of facilities or specialists, there is a government fund that allows you buy the healthcare in another EU state. I also feel I must reply to the previous contributor on two fronts, the Church believes in a double effect, you must firstly try to save the life of the Mother and unborn child equally but, there are circumstances where surgeons can make a decision under conditions detailed at this link, secondly check the recent articles on how the UN & WHO has misrepresented their figures on maternal deaths to justify a campaign to make abortion a worldwide right. I also live in a country that has no abortion and is one of the safest countries in the world to have a baby and boy do we have a baby boom at the moment! However, I would like to understand how the Church's ban on birth control is causing unnecessary deaths seeing they only represent 6-12% of the population in Africa for instance?

1:42PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Is there any good reason this country shouldn't just remove employer involvement in health care altogether? This would eliminate these "issues of conscious" altogether and the people could just go out and buy their health insurance from any place THEY desire. There are institutions larger than businesses out there if buying power is what's keeping this current model in place. Costco, Sam's Club, WalMart, Target, AARP, and the list goes on. Wouldn't it make sense to purchase insurance from some these large "buyer's clubs?" Rick Santorum makes the argument that the people should have access to the same insurance plans that Congress has access to. This would allow greater variety for people to choose from, just like the variety our legislators are given.

5:43AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Muriel, I don't have an available Green Star for you just yet; but I thank you for the reminder of the Church's old position against C-sections. Of course, the Church's denial of abortions regardless of the life or health of the mother continues to cause unnecessary death, as does its stance against birth control.

5:38AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

There's no necessary contradiction between a right and a choice. Speech is a right, but everyone gets to choose whether or not to speak. Religious exercise is a right, but everyone gets to choose whether to be religious or rational. Sorry, just a little joke. Everyone gets to choose whether to be religious and what religion to follow. The U.S. Constitution and the Roman Catholic doctrine of free will are in accord on this point, BTW. If either speech or religious exercise were mandatory, it would not be a right. Saying that use of a contraceptive is a right implies that using one is a free choice. So, use of contraceptives is a right and excluding it from a general health program would constitute discriminatory denial of that right.

4:27AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:25PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Conscience really is not a constitutionally protected right. Free exercise, free speech, yes; conscience no. Conscience is an ethical duty, but if it does not respect the actual rights of others it is unethical.

10:57PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

They need to clean their own house first.

2:42PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

So if I work for someone who doesn't believe in Medical Care I get denied medical care? Single payer system is needed. We need to get these guys out of office.

2:11PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Woman's right are hard won. If we hand over that right by MAKING others be in charge of our rights are they really our rights at all?

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