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CRS Objects to Birth Control Mandate

February 1, 2012 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
John Rivera
Catholic Relief Services
(410) 951-7399
john.rivera@crs.org

Baltimore, MD., Jan. 21, 2012—Catholic Relief Services strenuously objects to today’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ruling that rejected the plea of Catholic institutions to be exempt from a mandatory requirement to provide birth control services in employee health plans.

The HHS rule requires almost every healthcare plan available to Americans to cover sterilization and contraception – including controversial abortifacients – as “preventive services,” a requirement absolutely at odds with Catholic moral teaching. Religious groups have one year to comply.

“This decision would compel Catholic institutions to acquiesce to practices that run counter to our deeply held religious teaching,” said Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, CRS president and CEO. “This is clearly at odds with our long-held American tradition of religious liberty.”

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, Chairman of the CRS Board of Directors, said adherence to Catholic teaching lies at the heart of the agency’s identity.

“CRS serves people according to need, not creed. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and our Catholic identity compels us to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life,” Bishop Kicanas said. “To forgo this would be to deny our very essence.

“It is our hope that over the next year, the Obama Administration will realize the harm that this rule will cause to institutions such as Catholic Relief Services,” he said.

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Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. The agency provides assistance to people in nearly 100 countries and territories based on need, regardless of race, nationality or creed. For more information, please visit crs.org or crsespanol.org.

3 Comments

  1. Deacon Stephen M. Arnold says:

    I hope and pray this ruling by HHS under the Obama Administration will not stand. Catholic institutions should not be forced to provide services that directly counter their religious beliefs and teachings.

  2. Mike Vitale says:

    Prayer is necessary to help overturn the HHS Mandate,however, we must also communicate with every level of this administration that this is a violation of our right to practice our faith.Pray and work, I think that is what is required.

  3. Mike Vitale says:

    We must pray and work to overturn this HHS Mandate