The law would require the school to abandon its religious convictions by forcing the institution to provide coverage for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs in any student health plan they might adopt. Franciscan University said that it would not “participate in a [health care] plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.”
Weber, noting that AMAC launched a campaign last month to “Protect Our Religious Freedom,” said that while he applauds the school for “sticking to its principles, I abhor the fact that they were forced to do so as the result of the Obama administration’
Meanwhile, Weber noted, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops turned the heat up on the Obama administration this week with a not-so-veiled threat to sue over the preventive services mandate of the healthcare law.
The Bishops said: ““Absent prompt congressional attention to this infringement on fundamental civil liberties, we believe the only remaining recourse … is in the courts.”
Weber said that “the overwhelming majority of our members say that the defense of religious freedom is one of the most important issues with which we must deal—it’s right up there with Social Security Reform. And so, now we urge our members and their families and friends to get personally involved by communicating with their lawmakers in Washington.”
He said the reason the issue is so important is “not because we must defend Freedom of Religion, per se. It is because we have an obligation to ourselves, our children and their children to defend and preserve all the rights granted by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution.”
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