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Monday, August 01, 2011

More on Sham conscience protection

As I mentioned in this article, HHS adopted the Institute of Medicine recommendations for preventive services. The USCCB demanded conscience protection. The response would be risible if it were not so repugnant.

The sham conscience protection offered is as follows:

HHS’ preventive care guidelines have been released http://www.hrsa.gov/womensguidelines/

** Group health plans sponsored by certain religious employers, and group health insurance coverage in connection with such plans, are exempt from the requirement to cover contraceptive services. A religious employer is one that: (1) has the inculcation of religious values as its purpose; (2) primarily employs persons who share its religious tenets; (3) primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets; and (4) is a non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code section 6033(a)(1) and section 6033(a)(3)(A)(i) or (iii). 45 C.F.R. §147.130(a)(1)(iv)(B). See the Federal Register Notice.

How many Catholic entities meet these criteria? Certainly not Catholic hospitals. Certainly not Catholic schools. Certainly not Catholic doctors' offices. These guidelines protect no one. They are window dressing.

2 comments:

RAnn said...

But shouldn't a Catholic school fall within these guidelines? If not, what is its purpose?

Denise said...

RAnn, it depends. Catholic universities do not discriminate against non-Catholics for admission. They are not set up to serve Catholics. Most Catholic high schools have a large number of non-Catholic students and pretty much have an open policy that non-Catholics can attends. Catholic elementary schools usually give Catholic students priority for admission but I wonder about Catholic inner city schools who serve primarily a low income non-Catholic population.