… no, hospitals aren’t churches …
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