Hours after calling the Obama administration's contraceptives compromise a "first step," the Catholic bishops said Friday night they have "two serious objections" to the new policy and will fight its enactment.
First, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the administration’s plan still includes a “nationwide mandate of insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception, including some abortifacients.”
“This is both unsupported in the law and remains a grave moral concern,” the bishops said in their statement.
“We cannot fail to reiterate this, even as so many would focus exclusively on the question of religious liberty.
And while Obama’s new plan allows religious-affiliated employers to refrain from paying for contraceptive coverage — insurers would be obligated to provide the coverage for free — the bishops said the change doesn’t go far enough.
Of course, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Everyone will pay for this with an increase in premiums. Obama didn't blink, there was no compromise. He merely pivoted a bit. But he'll come back for the Church at another time. He is still operating under the faulty idea that he has the authority to dictate any of this in the first place, which he doesn't. He cannot order Catholic institutions or insurance companies what they have to provide and at what cost they must provide it. Obama's so-called compromise simply demonstrates the astonishing breadth of his abuse of power.