“The God who gave us life gave us
liberty at the same time,”
...said Thomas Jefferson, two years before he wrote the Declaration of Independence. He and the other founders of our Nation grasped a profound truth when they listed our God-given inalienable rights as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Life is our most basic right, the condition for all others – no other right is secure if our very lives can be taken from us. Freedom of conscience, culminating in the right to worship and serve God, is the highest fulfillment of our God-given human nature, for without it we cannot freely return God’s love and serve our brothers and sisters who need our help and protection.
When government attacks religious freedom especially when it attacks our freedom to respect and revere life at its most defenseless the fabric of our society is placed at risk.
Yet this is what state and federal governmental bodies have done in recent months, demanding new action by the Catholic community.
Among the recent disturbing developments:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has demanded that almost every man and woman in America, as well as many religious institutions that help the needy, may not provide or purchase health coverage unless that coverage includes a wide array of sterilization and “contraceptive” methods, including drugs that can induce abortion.
After the Catholic Church’s migration and refugee services office had provided excellent service to victims of human trafficking for five years, HHS took away its federal grant and gave it to less qualified secular agencies because the Catholic agency would not violate its moral principles on early human life.
Some state government officials have tried to make Catholic organizations include coverage for abortions in health plans for their employees, or help provide abortions and sterilizations in order to participate fully in our health care system.
What can you Do?