Catholic TV Sues Obama over Contraceptive Mandate

A U.S. Roman Catholic television network said on Thursday it has filed suit in federal court to block President Barack Obama’s new rule on contraceptives, while a Catholic Church leader and top Republicans stepped up their criticism of Obama.

The rule, implemented on January 20, requires religious-oriented groups such as charities, hospitals and universities, but not churches, to provide coverage for birth control as other health insurance providers must do. The Catholic Church opposes most methods of birth control.

via Catholic TV network sues to block U.S. contraception rule | Reuters.

BREAKING: EWTN files lawsuit against Obama mandate |

HANCEVILLE, Alabama, February 9, 2012 ( – Lawyers for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) say that the broadcasting network has taken the Obama administration to court over a mandate forcing Catholic employers to pay for birth control, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty announced that it had filed suit Thursday morning on behalf of EWTN, considered the largest religious media network in the world.

.The federal government cannot force people to violate their religion like this,. said Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund and a constitutional law professor at the Catholic University of America.  .Mother Angelica founded EWTN to spread the teachings of the Catholic Church.not to betray them..

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Executives of the network said that it was unconscionable for the lay Catholic-run network to pay for abortifacient drugs such as Ella, the “week-after” birth control pill that is a sister drug of RU-486.

.If we are willing to compromise our Catholic faith, we are selling the soul of the network,. said Michael P. Warsaw, EWTN.s President and Chief Executive Officer.  .The mission of EWTN is not negotiable..via BREAKING: EWTN files lawsuit against Obama mandate |

Harry Reid to GOP: ‘Calm Down’ About Birth Control Rule

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blocked Republicans today from offering a proposal to repeal an Obama administration rule that requires religious-affiliated institutions to offer employees health insurance that covers birth control.

Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt (Mo.) attempted to bring to the floor an amendment to a highway funding bill that would eliminate the proposed regulation, which was written by the Department of Health and Human Services as part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Reid objected, charging that the Republicans were trying to upend passage of the transportation bill that might otherwise have broad bipartisan support.

“Listen to this,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They’re talking about First Amendment rights, the Constitution, and I appreciate that. But … that is so senseless. This debate that’s going on dealing with this issue dealing with contraception is a rule that hasn’t been made final yet. There’s no final rule. Let’s wait until there’s at least a rule that we can talk about.

“Everybody should calm down,” Reid continued. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

via Harry Reid to GOP: ‘Calm Down’ About Birth Control Rule : Roll Call News.

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