It took me a while to figure out how to write about the recent HHS mandate solely from a pro-life perspective.
The controversial mandate generally brings up discussion about religious liberty, especially in regards to the Catholic Church and its teachings on contraception. While I believe religious freedom is very important, this is not a topic I can write about in this blog as it is a pro-life blog and not a religious blog.
So should the pro-lifer be directly offended by the HHS mandate, regardless of her religion or lack thereof? Yes. And the reason, in one word, is: abortifacients.
The HHS mandate would allow for employees to demand coverage for contraceptive pills that could result in the death of a human embryo. This is offensive, regardless as to whether the employer is Catholic or not. As pro-lifers, we are confident in our belief that human life begins at the moment of conception. We consider any intentional harm done to the human organism after this point to be immoral, an act of violence against a human person.
This mandate is not only offensive to anyone with respect for religious freedom, it is offensive to the dignity of humanity itself.
I encourage everyone to sign the petition in protest to this mandate. For the petition and more information, visit: www.stophhs.com.