CHA head emphasizes: government program, not Catholic hospitals, should pay for contraceptive coverage, CWN
Posted on: Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
The CEO of the Catholic Health Association has explained why the association recently called upon the Obama administration to broaden the religious exemption to the HHS mandate to include Catholic hospitals.
“Initially, we felt like we were being told that that was in the works,” said Sister Carol Keehan. “I don’t want to second guess why that changed, but when it changed-and all we had was a year deferment if we were a ministry of the church and a new definition for what constituted a religious organization-we were very concerned,”
“And I expressed those concerns directly to the president, to all of his staff and said something had to be changed,” she continued. “Publicly and privately, I was very clear. And when the president made the first accommodation, initially, we said, ‘All right, that’s a great step forward. Let’s take a look at it.’ We’ve spent an enormous amount of time trying to, with his staff, with the staff of the administration, trying to say, ‘Okay, how could we make this work?’”Follow this link to read more.