Life News reports:
Rep. Dan Lipinski, a pro-life Illinois Democrat, and a host of Republicans from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), will hold a hearing entitled, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” on Thursday, February 16th at 9:30AM in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.
On Thursday, Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and others offered Amendment #1520 to ensure Obamacare cannot be used to force health plan issuers or healthcare providers to furnish insurance coverage for drugs, devices, and services contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the top Democrat, blocked the amendment.
Leading pro-life groups, including Americans United for Life, are urging support for the Amendment, which could be added to another piece of legislation.
The hearing will be streamed live here.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform joined Fox and Friends Wednesday morning to discuss the hearing. He said that the Obama Administration’s overreach was putting religious freedom at risk. He also discussed Attorney General Holder’s stonewalling of subpoenaed documents in the Fast & Furious Investigation.. Contempt charges are still on the table for Holder if he doesn’t cough up those documents.
One thing the Committee needs to look into is why Team Obama is Misrepresenting Catholic Charities’ Position on White House Website.
Catholic Charities did not endorse the Obama administration’s latest HHS policy requiring free contraceptive coverage for all employees.
FOX News reported:
A leading Catholic charity group wants the public to know it has not endorsed the Obama administration’s latest policy requiring free contraceptive coverage for employees, despite “mischaracterizations in the media.”
Catholic Charities USA has occasionally been cited as a supporter of the new policy, after the administration announced last week it would no longer require religious organizations to directly offer contraceptive coverage to workers. That’s almost certainly because the White House listed the group on an official blog that cited “praise from a wide range of individuals and organizations” for the policy change.
Along with statements from Planned Parenthood and other supporters was a brief statement from Catholic Charities. The group said at the time that it “welcomes the administration’s attempt to meet the concerns of the religious community” and looks forward to reviewing the final language…
…But the organization has since posted a clarification on its website, after that statement was interpreted by some as an endorsement.
“We have not endorsed the accommodation to the HHS mandate that was announced by the administration last Friday,” the group said.
Rather, the group said it would “unequivocally share the goal” of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to “uphold religious liberty.”
Ann Coulter: COMMUNISM BY INSURANCE MANDATE:
This isn’t a Catholic issue or even a religious issue. Conservatives are falling into the Democrats’ trap by denouncing it as such. It’s a freedom issue. (Or, as Democrats call it, “the F-word.”)
If liberals like it, it’s subsidized; if they don’t, it’s prohibited. And now they can impose their left-wing authoritarianism on the entire country by calling their mandates and prohibitions “insurance.”
Liberal fundamentalists say: I don’t see why anyone needs to hunt; I don’t know why anyone needs to eat meat; I don’t see why anyone needs to bathe every day; I don’t know why anyone minds looking at urine in a low-flow toilet; I don’t know why anyone needs an incandescent light bulb …
Screw you, liberals. I don’t know why anyone needs an abortion, free contraception, crap-ass “art” with photos of vaginas on the Virgin Mary, non-farming farmers or a $1 million pension for Anthony Weiner.
But I’m forced to subsidize all of that.
And now we’re all going to be forced to subsidize the entire wish list of the Berkeley City Council, recast as “health insurance.”
Crisis Magazine: Will the Bishops Go to the Mattresses?