Catholic Charities Forced To Provide Contraceptives in NY

It seems the abortion business is going through a recession, with the announcement of abortion mills going into bankruptcy and closing down on an almost weekly basis. At the peak of the abortion binge in America there were over 3,000 abortion mills in operation. The number now is less than 900.

Abortion Business in Decline

A major cause of this decline is an inability to supply abortionists to do the grizzly operations. Abortionists are retiring, and young doctors are reluctant to join their fading ranks. The pay is good but the image is terrible.

Also, turnover of abortion clinic workers is rapid, with a whole staff being replaced in a six-month period. The pro-life presence outside abortion mills deprives the clinics of business, as women are offered help and talked out of abortions.

Court Forces Catholic Charities To Cover Contraceptives

The New York Supreme Court of Appeals has ordered Catholic Charities and other religious groups to dispense artificial contraceptives to all who ask for them. The New York Catholic Conference will likely appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court. “We think this has not been about contraception,” says Dennis Poust of the Catholic Conference, “but is to target the Church and open the door for coverage of abortion.”

Kelli Conlin, of NARAL Pro-Choice America, says the ruling shows that no one is above the law, including Catholic bishops. “No employer should be able to force their beliefs upon their employees, especially given that 97 percent of Catholics report using birth control.” The court points out that Catholic Charities employs non-Catholics, and therefore should pay for their contraceptives.

Poust calls this a religious test, and says it reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of Catholicism. The Church performs many works of mercy, runs schools and hospitals, but may not distribute or pay for contraceptives. It has lost two cases in California and two in New York.

The League has issued a press release condemning the New York ruling and offering to join Catholic Charities in an appeal. Meanwhile, New York Catholic Charities is providing contraceptives under protest.

Planned Parenthood Attacks Scheidler—Again

Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s new president, Cecile Richards, is attacking yours truly for our “Contraception is Not the Answer” conference in September. In a recent fund-raising letter and strategy statement she mocks us for saying that contraception is the root cause of abortion. She calls me an extremist, and says our conference is a cause for alarm as well as a call to arms for Planned Parenthood supporters.

In our reply we say it is a mark of success to get Planned Parenthood so worried, and that they really deserve to be worried because we base our fight against contraception on solid facts, while they are steeped in the big lie.

Abortion Pride? Do the Math

Concerning Ms. Magazine‘s testimonials by women who had abortions that they are proud of, Jane Chastain says the campaign is a total failure. Out of 50,000,000 abortions only 1 woman in 10,000 liked her abortion well enough to brag about it, and most of these women are old and grouchy now, and no doubt still wishing they had not had their abortions, but too proud to admit that they made the biggest mistake of their lives.

Couric’s Repugnant Attitude

Bill O’Reilly in a Chicago Sun-Times commentary talks about the “right attitude” that media people are all supposed to have toward the social issues. When Brian Rohrbaugh spoke on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric to discuss the loss of his 15-year-old- son in the Columbine High School massacre, he said it was the secularization of public schools and a permissive society that led to his son’s death.

He said for two generations the public school system has taught in a moral vacuum, expelling God from school and replacing him with evolution. It teaches that life has no inherent value, that there are no absolutes, no right or wrong. He said murdering the innocent is always wrong, and this includes abortion.

How dare he say that to the media elite?! His comments did not fit their “right attitude,” and Couric apologized for him, saying his comments were “repugnant” to some. O’Reilly says they’re surely repugnant to the elitist media folk, but not to the average American whom Rohrbaugh is really speaking for.

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