… no, hos­pi­tals aren’t churches …

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

This is just an­other ex­am­ple of how poorly in­formed most Amer­i­cans are about their health and health­care, and how badly peo­ple want to dis­credit Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

The Supreme Court has re­fused to hear three pre­vi­ous law­suits brought by Catholic Char­i­ties ask­ing that they not be re­quired to pro­vide in­sur­ance cov­er­age for con­tra­cep­tion. There is clear de­lin­eation be­tween a church (whose pri­mary pur­pose is prop­a­ga­tion of a re­li­gion) and a re­li­giously based or­ga­ni­za­tion that em­ploys and serves a di­verse group of peo­ple.

Churches are not re­quired to pro­vide in­sur­ance cov­er­age for con­tra­cep­tion, but once your ma­jor pur­pose ex­pands to pro­vid­ing a ser­vice to oth­ers, you are not a church. In other words, what the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­poses is con­tin­u­ing the sta­tus quo, with the only change be­ing in how much an in­di­vid­ual woman will have to pay for the con­tra­cep­tive.

Just Google “Catholic Char­i­ties,” “health in­sur­ance” and “birth con­trol,” and you will find many en­tries de­cry­ing this fed­eral man­date—dat­ing as far back as 2001.

Tamara Zu­rakowski Prac­tice as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia School of Nurs­ing

Philadel­phia

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