Yesterday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops posted this promotional video in preparation for their second Fortnight for Freedom. It will be held in Washington, D.C., from June 21 to July 4.
According to the bishops’ website, this event is meant to be “a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty.” Among those challenges: the potential Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage later this month; the closing of many Catholic foster care and adoption services; the current abortion stipulations tacked on to humanitarian aid; and, of course, the HHS mandate set to kick in on August 1, requiring religious employers to provide access to contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients.
And speaking of contraception, news broke this morning that “the Obama administration said it will comply with a judge’s order to allow girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without prescriptions.” No parental consent, no doctor recommendations, no age restrictions, nothing.
This should only strengthen the fight for religious liberty. Soon enough, public school nurses nationwide will probably have to provide such contraceptives. And the next logical step will be to force private Catholic schools to offer these services. On its face, this seems like a specious slippery slope argument. But given that this administration will be forcing Catholic employers to provide their workers with contraception beginning two months from now, is it really that absurd to think it would do the same thing to Catholic school students?
We’ll just have to wait to see what happens.
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