On Monday, May 21, 2012 in a post entitled, "They Should Be Ashamed," I wrote here about 12 identical lawsuits which had just been filed by a few Catholic schools and other organizations affiliated with the Vatican, challenging a regulation which does not take effect until at least August of next year.
The regulation invents an exemption for "religious employers" from being required to provide health insurance plans to their employees which offer women's preventive health services, including contraceptive services, under the Affordable Care Act. The Act itself contains no exemptions. See "Congress Did Not Exempt Anyone From Women's Health Requirements," posted here on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. More about that in future posts.
One of the Plaintiffs alleging standing to sue the Federal Government over the regulation is the University of Notre Dame. A fellow alumnus of the University said it better than most of us can, in a letter to the editor published on Friday, May 25, 2012 online by the Tampa Bay Times. Here is the original text of the core of that letter, which in my judgment cannot be improved on:
The university cannot have it both ways — it cannot serve the needs of the government, accept taxpayer money, and then turn on that government and obey the pope in Rome. No Catholic will ever be forced to have an abortion; abortions are not funded by federal money due to the Hyde Amendment, and contraceptive medicine is used by Catholic men and women just as much as any other faith. Never mind that the university has never sued the federal government to stop the death penalty or to stop the bombing of innocent men, women and children in the wars of various presidents.
The university taught me to always seek the truth, never lie to myself, treat all people as equals and, very importantly, that God is unknowable so be humble in attempting to decipher him. This lawsuit is both hypocritical and full of hubris, so I beg the university I love so much to take itself out of it, or divest itself of all government funds, tax breaks and government-funded programs, loans and grants.
Robert P. Curran, Beverly Hills
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