Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare’

ND Expert: “Comprise accommodation” inadequate

Posted on February 10, 2012 in National, Uncategorized

For Immediate Release – February 10, 2012

ND Expert: Obama administration “comprise accommodation” inadequate

President Obama’s proposed adjustments to the new Health & Human Services rule requiring Catholic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, to provide health care plans covering contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs continue to violate religious liberty, according to O. Carter Snead, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.

“Today’s ‘compromise accommodation’ is nothing of the sort,” Snead said.
“The original uproar across the ideological spectrum was in reaction to the administration’s requirement that virtually all religious employers cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization in violation of their strongly held beliefs.

“Today’s rule still requires religious institutions (on pain of ruinous treasury fines) to purchase insurance that covers these same objectionable services. It is irrelevant that the rule requires the insurance company (rather than the religious institution) to explain to employees that the policy purchased for them by their employer includes the 5-day after pill. For institutions that self-insure, the situation is even worse; they will be forced to contact their employees and pay for such services themselves.

“It is no answer to suggest that the religious liberty of such employers is being accommodated because they are not “paying” for the objectionable services. First, it is naïve to imagine that the services are truly cost-free and that these costs will not be passed along to the employers who purchase these plans. More importantly, the simple fact is that under this policy the government is coercing religious institutions to purchase a product that includes services that they regard as gravely immoral.

“We should ask ourselves why President Obama has sustained the narrow exemption for churches, religious orders, and auxiliaries? This is tantamount to the admission that this policy, just like the previous one, runs afoul of religious liberty.”


O. Carter Snead
Professor of Law
Notre Dame Law School

C-SPAN discussion on HHS Mandate

Posted on February 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Last night, the Catholic Information Center (Washington, D.C.) hosted a discussion panel featuring Catholic leaders discussing the recent HHS Mandate. Speakers are:

Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director, USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat
James Capretta, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Kyle Duncan, Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

The panel began with brief comments from each speaker, followed by Q&A-style conversation with the audience. The entire conversation is 1:21 in length; however the video is broken into segments for easy viewing.

We hope that you enjoy this tele-cast and gain some very valuable information from the “front line.”


Debate heats up over HHS Mandate

Posted on February 1, 2012 in Catholic Church, National

In a recent post we brought news to you of the recently announced HHS Mandate concerning conscience protection and healthcare reform. Everyone has something to say about it, where do you stand?


70% of Bishops (to date) have denounced Mandate

NYTimes’ Ross Douthat

ND Students for Life

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president, Albert Mohler

National Catholic Reporter, Sean Michael Winters

Wall Street Journal, op-ed by Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan 

National Review

Washington Post

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Charities


The above are but a raw sampling of the myriad of statements, announcements, articles, editorials, and the like that have flooded the reading market in the last week and a half.

U.S. Govt denies conscience

Posted on January 20, 2012 in Catholic Church, National, News

Secretary Sebelius

See the following links for more news on this breaking story:

Catholic Culture” Reports

US Catholic Bishops Respond

The Associated Press

National Catholic Reporter









Public Discourse: Purpose, Palliative Care, and Respect for Human Life

Posted on January 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Today, The Public Discourse features a very thoughtful piece by Adam J. MacLeod concerning the role of medicine as one approaches death. In light of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s recent reaffirmation of its oppostion to physician assisted suicide, MacLeod parses out the appropriate and inappropriate, moral and immoral ways in which physicians might care for their patients who are near death. The article is well-worth the read.

Vatican supports Adult Stem Cell Research, gives $1 million

Posted on June 21, 2011 in Catholic Church, News

The Catholic Church is teaming up with a biotech firm that is engaging in adult stem cell research — helping prove its contention that it is supportive of stem cell research without destroying human life.

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture has announced steps forward in their partnership designed to advance adult stem cell research with NeoStem, an international biopharmaceutical company.

In a press conference at the Vatican, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Dr. Robin L. Smith, Chairman and CEO of NeoStem, and Reverend Tomasz Trafny, Head of the Science and Faith Department at the Pontifical Council for Culture, provided further details on both their ongoing partnership and on a groundbreaking event the international Vatican conference on adult stem cells which is scheduled for November 9 – 11, 2011 at the Vatican.

Read the whole article here.

Planned Parenthood de-funded in Indiana

Posted on May 11, 2011 in News, Pictures

As most readers know, the University of Notre Dame is located in the town of South Bend, Indiana. As of yesterday evening, it was official that Indiana has de-funded Planned

Photo by John Maxwell

Parenthood. Governor Mitch Daniels signed into a law a bill that prevents any future taxpayer money from going Planned Parenthood.

In light of the federal debate on-going about the de-funding of Planned Parenthood, Governor Daniels signing of this bill makes Indiana the first state in the nation to remove Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. In addition to revoking federal funding of Planned Parenthood, the bill also bans all abortions passed twenty weeks of gestation. In late April, Governor Daniels stated his intent to sign House Bill 1210 when the time came that it came to his desk, citing a 2:1 bipartisian support for the bill from the state’s congress and  “the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers.”

In answer to Planned Parenthood’s criticisms of the bill, which they say will prevent citizens from receiving the “livesaving care offered by Planned Parenthood centers,” Governor Daniels said that he can confirm after a “careful review of access to all services across the state”  that “all non-abortion services, whether family planning or basic women’s health, will remain readily available in every one of our 92 counties.”

Emphasizing that the new law is not discriminating against an particular group,  Daniels said that “[a]ny organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortion.”

Read more about Indiana’s new law here. See the bill’s contents here.

House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

Posted on February 21, 2011 in National, News

An overwhelming victory for the Culture of Life came this past weekend when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parethood’s abortion industry and prevent other federal funds from making it into the group’s abortion business from its other departments and initiatives.

Congressman Michael Pence (Indiana) who sponsored the amendament called the vote “a victory for taxpayers and a victory for life.” He commended his 240 collegues who voted with him in favor of the amendment, trumping the 185 who voted against it.

Read more about the victory and the Pence Amendment itself, Here.

Phoenix hospital stipped of “Catholic” after abortion controversy

Posted on December 22, 2010 in Catholic Church, News

PHOENIX, Arizona, December 21, 2010 ( – A Catholic hospital that performed a direct abortion last year has lost its official endorsement as a Catholic institution by the local bishop.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Az. announced in a news conference Tuesday morning that St. Joseph’s Hospital was no longer Catholic after it refused to comply with the bishop’s terms, which included renouncing the direct killing of an unborn baby of a woman suffering from pulmonary hypertension, at 11 weeks gestation.

Olmsted said that, “Communication with leadership at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Catholic Healthcare West has only eroded my confidence about their commitment to the church’s ethical and religious directives for health care,” according to local news reports.

“They have not addressed in an adequate manner the scandal caused by the abortion,” said the bishop. “Moreover, I have recently learned that many other violations of the ethical and religious directives have been taking place at Catholic Healthcare West facilities in Arizona throughout my seven years as bishop of Phoenix and far longer.” Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) is the parent company of St. Joseph’s hospital, and is based in California.

In a statement published Wedesday, Olmsted explained that he had “hoped and prayed that this day would not come,” but that it had been a losing battle since he first began discussing with CHW how to resolve its violation of the U.S. bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directives (ERD) seven years ago.

The bishop said that he learned, in only the last several weeks, that both the facility and CHW had administered contraceptives, performed sterilizations, and conducted other direct abortions “due to the mental or physical health of the mother” or after rape or incest.

“In all my seven years as Bishop of Phoenix, I have continued to insist that this scandalous situation needed to change; sadly, over the course of these years, CHW has chosen not to comply,” said Olmsted.

Read the rest of the article.