Thursday, July 11, 2013

Catholic Hospitals Okay Obamacare Birth Control Plan.

There’s no reference in the Bible about birth control. None. Any ban on birth control is a choice by that religious organization. This should guide the Affordable Care Act’s policy on contraception.

So the following decision is a fair compromise, where no compromise was really needed:
WisGazette: In a split with U.S. bishops, a trade group for Catholic hospitals said this week it can accept the Obama's administration latest compromise on birth control coverage by religious employers. "We are pleased that our members now have an accommodation that will not require them to contract, provide, pay or refer for contraceptive coverage," said the Catholic Health Association.

However, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are suing to overturn the entire requirement, saying it trespasses on freedom of religion. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the bishops' conference, said … the bishops have also sought a religious exemption for owners of for-profit businesses.  
The argument against birth control is a reach by anyone’s standard. It was once used as a way of populating and increasing a churches membership. I would hope we were beyond that now, leaving such medieval thinking far behind.

I found this explanation at Desiring God.Org, just one of many opinions that makes practical sense:
Is birth control consistent with the truth that children are a gift from the Lord?

It is very important to delight in the reality that "children are a gift of the Lord." But some people go further and argue from this that since children are gifts from God, it is wrong to take steps to regulate the timing and number of children one has.

In response, it can be pointed out that the Scriptures also say that a wife is a gift from the Lord (Proverbs 18:22), but that doesn't mean that it is wrong to stay single (1 Corinthians 7:8). 

No comments: