Michelle Malkin devotes her column to the Obamacare regulations requiring Catholic institutions to provide health insurance to employees including coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortifacients. (I’m linking to the version of Michelle’s column posted at her site because it is full of links providing relevant background.) Michelle traces the new regulations back to December 2010:
How did we get here? The first salvo came in December 2010, when the American Civil Liberties Union pushed HHS and its Planned Parenthood-championing secretary, Kathleen “The Shredder” Sebelius, to force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions in violation of their core moral commitment to protecting the lives of the unborn.
The ACLU called for a litigious fishing expedition against Catholic hospitals nationwide that refuse to provide “emergency” contraception and abortions to women. In their sights: Devout Phoenix Catholic Bishop Thomas Olmsted, who revoked the Catholic status of a rogue hospital that performed several direct abortions, provided birth control pills and presided over sterilizations against the church’s ethical and religious directives for health care.
The ACLU and the feminists have joined with Obama to threaten and sabotage the First Amendment rights of religious-based health care entities. The agenda is not increased “access” to health care services. The ultimate goal is to shut down health care providers — Catholic health care institutions employ about 540,000 full-time workers and 240,000 part-time workers — whose religious views cannot be tolerated by secular zealots and radical social engineers.
Obamacare is an assault on the rights of all Americans. It represents one form of the “soft despotism” that Paul Rahe explores in his book on the subject. What is needed is not just an exemption for Catholic institutions, but rather repeal of the law. The whole damn thing has to go. The assault on Catholic institutions reveals the rot at the core.