This egregious violation of religious freedom marks the first time in our history that the federal government is forcing religious people and groups to ante up for services that violate their consciences.
Providing no-cost family planning is good public health policy and an important advancement under the Affordable Care Act. But the bishops want to grant a broad refusal clause that will enable them to discriminate against millions of Americans.
As the election nears, many news outlets are repeating misinformation about what Catholics believe and what they can and should do when it comes to voting. The reality is that Catholic teachings and the views of Catholics are not closely aligned with the political priorities of the bishops.