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On Mar 1, in her testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made it clear why the Obama administration is pushing free contraception for women and seeks also to curtail religious freedom and force certain Catholic institutions to provide free contraception against their religious doctrine.

She said; “The reduction in a number of pregnancies compensates for the cost of contraception.” To which Tim Murphy (R-PA) responded, “So you’re saying by not having babies born, we’re going to save money on healthcare?”—a remark Ms. Sebelius did not take issue with.

Free contraception, of course, isn’t the only way to prevent the birth of more babies; the next step is free abortions.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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9 Responses

  1. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: The Heritage Foundation


    This whole thing is (1) a red herring to steer conservatives off the campaign track, (2) a wilfull assault on Catholicism, and (3) a tyrannical attack on the First Amendment.

    Posted by Ronald Bouwman

  2. LinkedIn Group: The Heritage Foundation


    I was speaking with a friend the other day and noted that prior to this “issue” Obama’s poll numbers were dropping as the Republican candidates hammered on the economy and his foreign policy gaffs. Suddenly this rule comes out, the media leap on it and spin it into a women’s rights issue as opposed to the constitutional issue it truly is and Obama’s numbers go up and stableize. Amazing.

    However, what is truly amazing is eorge Stephanapolis’ prescience in raising this issue at a debate atwo weeks prior to the “controversy. WOW what a guy!

    Posted by Renee Guzzardi

  3. Allen Bahn says:

    Seperation of church and state is in our constitution.Supreme court has up held this in their ruling against DOL VS Lutheran School.
    This is nothing but a straw man issue creating diversion from the sad state of our economic situation.

  4. EWRoss says:

    I’m not a big fan of Kirsten Powers, but she has hit the nail on the head. Liberal men call conservative women nasty names every day without reporach. You know who they are.


  5. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: The Heritage Foundation


    We are still several months from the convention and the election is not till November. I am not too concerned about what the polls and the media is saying right now.

    The issue on this agrument, I think, does register with people of faith. This is not just a “Catholic” issue. The “Free Contraception Issue” is just the first volley. If people of faith loose this fight, the Federal Government can insert itself into all areas of church governance. Recently, I think it was Mass., a state passed a law that said the state government would have a voice in how particular parishes were to be administered. (This law was overturned).

    Does anyone really think that the Federal and later state governments would not like to tax church properties and are not upset that any demomination can govern itself. This is not just a issue for the United States Catholic Church. Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, all other Protestant demominations and the Mormons beware!!! They are coming after you next!!!
    Part of this issue may be a “Straw Dog”, but it is also one of the real intentions of a Socialist regime. They are using this issue to extend their control over those organizations that can come in the way of their ultimate plans.

    Posted by Hal Hughes

  6. I not believe that the free contraception debate is or should be on the political table. Here in New York City condoms are given out by so many agencies and private organization that I can’t even list them all. Not many people complain about these free offerings or drives to elevate awareness to (cheap) birth control. Most people take the position that those who want to participate in these offerings are free to do so. There is no public outcry towards these initiatives. No one is being compelled against their will to offer the contraceptives.

    Secretary Sebelius is serving her master’s interests by making free contraception an election year issue. The idea that the Church must offer contraception in contra to its doctrines as a part of some Obamacare insurance program is absurd. For years Democrats have argued that it was the woman’s right to choose to terminate her pregnancy or not. Now the Democrats argue that irrespective of this all encompassing right, employers, like the Church or other organization, must offer contraceptive alternatives to women as part of a mandated law to prevent pregnancies. The Health Secretary could not give any overriding policy reason for requirement because there are none.

    This country has prospered in large part due to the separation of church and state and the respect for religious freedom. The Obama administration should respect our long cherished constitutional rights and not try to bend them into a socialist agenda.

  7. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: The Heritage Foundation


    This whole contraception thing is a red herring thrown out there by Team Obama to distract away from the REAL issues which are A) the economy, B) unemployment, C) gas prices, D) the housing mess, and E) the potential of a nuclear Iran.

    Obama cannot defend himself on any of the above, so he has to make up an issue where none existed. Is there any difficulty getting your hands on womens contraception ANYWHERE in the United States? They hand it out for FREE at 19 locations in DC alone!

    This is a non-issue; do not be distracted America.

    Posted by Peter Crittenden

  8. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: The Heritage Foundation


    The whole affair is a red herring, but the First Amendment is under fire. Hopefully, liberals will be the ones suffer the consequences and further lower themselves in the public eye. Never forget that Karl Marx said, “. . . religion is the opiate of the masses. . .” At least three of The Ten Commandments are in direct contradiction to Marxist dogma. Therein lies the contempt for Judeo-Christian principles and the Catholic Church in particular.

    Posted by Ronald Bouwman

  9. sf says:

    All i can say is how pathetic, whose running our country Margaret Sanger, Adolf Hitler, why are we putting birth control, contraceptions on our agenda, is it so it causes such turmoil, people won’t think of all the other disturbing things obama has done in his term of office. VOTE THIS PRESIDENT OUT!!!!! It seems Planned Parenthood is his top agenda. It’s embarrassing. Free Contraceptions, free abortions, what’s next? I’m afraid to ask.

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