Pray for Catholics in our community (and all over the USA) who work in the healthcare industry. I'm sure you personally have some local friends who work in hospitals and pharmacies. The Obama administration (along with 'Catholic' HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are requiring that healthcare providers make available contraceptives, including abortifacients beginning next August. From Sebelius' statement:
"Beginning August 1, 2012, most new and renewed health plans will be required to cover these services without cost sharing for women across the country.
After evaluating comments, we have decided to add an additional element to the final rule. Nonprofit employers who, based on religious beliefs, do not currently provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plan, will be provided an additional year, until August 1, 2013, to comply with the new law. Employers wishing to take advantage of the additional year must certify that they qualify for the delayed implementation. This additional year will allow these organizations more time and flexibility to adapt to this new rule."
How kind to allow the People of God to 'adapt' to the new rule. The blog Creative Minority Report, intones about the issue. Religious liberty has taken a huge blow, not to mention millions of pre-born babies who are in more danger than ever. Prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting.
American Bishops react
Fr. Z blogs on it
"We have a year to figure out how to violate our conscience" (National Catholic Register)