President Obama’s attack on the religious freedom of the Catholic Church is making big headlines, thank goodness. Catholics are united in their outrage over this.
From Catholic Online:
The Catholics Bishops of the United States have asked the faithful to pray, fast and engage in Catholic Action. This is in response to the unjust edict demanding that Catholic hospitals and institutions dispense contraceptives (some of which are abortifacients) and offer sterilization under the so called “Affordable Care Act”.
But Catholics should be aware that as Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney did the same thing.
Chicago Tribune, December 9, 2005:
BOSTON — Gov. Mitt Romney abandoned plans Thursday to exempt Roman Catholic and other private hospitals from a new law requiring them to dispense emergency contraception to rape victims.
Romney had initially backed regulations proposed earlier this week by his public health commissioner, Paul Cote, who said the new law conflicted with an older law barring the state from forcing private hospitals to dispense contraceptive devices or information.
The Republican governor, who is considering a run for president in 2008, said at a news conference Thursday morning that he asked his legal advisers to review the matter after members of both parties criticized the regulations. He said the lawyers determined that the new law superseded the old law and that all hospitals should be required to offer the so-called “morning-after pill.”
“On that basis I have instructed the Department of Public Health to follow the conclusion of my own legal counsel and to adopt that sounder view,” Romney said.
“I think it’s, in my personal view, it’s the right thing for hospitals to provide information and access to emergency contraception to anyone who is a victim of rape,” he added.
The new law takes effect Dec. 14. Passed this summer by the Legislature, the law states that the pill must be available to “each female rape victim.”
Catholic Citizens ran a lengthy story on this.
Bottom line? We can’t trust Mitt Romney.
Hat-tip, Terence Jeffrey, CNS News