The accidental overdose of a 26-year-old man who accused a former Philadelphia priest of raping him as a child underscores Pennsylvania’s battle over the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse.
States are banning private citizens from using their own money to buy insurance from private insurers if a plan covers abortion. It’s part of a larger strategy by anti-Obamacare forces to insert abortion into the debate as often as possible with the goal of stigmatizing health-care reform and killing the Affordable Care Act.
The U.S. Catholic bishops want to be known as the champions of the poor and struggling. But they’re happy to block services to the needy to further their anti-contraception agenda.
How does paying for a health-saving service like birth control for women become such a threat to Church fathers that they’ve made a major campaign out of it?
The Obama administration once again bends over backwards to accommodate “religious institutions” at the expense of religious freedom and public health, with unknown consequences down the line.
In choosing Daniels as his hand-picked spokesperson, Cardinal Dolan has laid bare just how radically the U.S. Catholic Church has turned to the right in the Obama years.
The government is hemorrhaging money defending a regulation it will never enforce against the New York Archdiocese.
Some religiously-affiliated institutions characterize themselves as “secular” when recruiting or seeking public funding but “church-controlled” when demanding exemptions from the law, such as the birth control benefit. Potential employees, students, and patients—as well as taxpayers generally—deserve to know who they are dealing with.
And loathe as I am to admit it, all the studies in the world demonstrating that emergency contraception works not by preventing implantation but by preventing ovulation and therefore fertilization might not hold sway in court.
It is now clear that no “compromise” short of freeing all health plans from any regulation whatsoever having to do with contraception will placate fundamentalist Catholic groups. But with the Notre Dame appeal also comes evidence that the costs of these suits to Catholic universities is rising.