USA : On family planning, does the Catholic Church represent Catholics?

By Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice

John Garvey’s op-ed, “HHS’s birth-control rules intrude on Catholic values,” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/hhss-birth-control-rules-intrude-on-catholic-values/2011/09/27/gIQAOj8s9K_story.html) makes some assertions that do not hold up to scrutiny. In fact, millions of Catholics-theologians and laypeople alike-have lauded the inclusion of women’s preventive healthcare coverage as respectful of Catholic values.

The Catholic University of America (CUA) president asserted that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will “require” CUA to offer its students family planning services, claimed that certain reproductive health services are sinful and that the HHS was violating religious liberty.

There is nothing in the HHS rules that requires anybody to provide services. They require employers to offer coverage, which employees (or students) can then decide to utilize or not. Read more…

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