Ohio Churches Denounce Birth Control Mandate

Catholic churches around Ohio say they will not obey with a mandate to offer free birth control to employees of many church-owned institutions. The mandate covers hospitals, universities, and other institutions whose purpose is not expressly religious.(Photo: Flickr)
Catholic churches around Ohio say they will not obey with a mandate to offer free birth control to employees of many church-owned institutions. The mandate covers hospitals, universities, and other institutions whose purpose is not expressly religious.(Photo: Flickr)

Catholic leaders in Ohio are joining the chorus of church officials urging parishioners to protest and pray about the federal government’s decision to require many church-affiliated institutions to cover free birth control for employees.

Bishops in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo shared their opposition in letters distributed or read to parishioners this weekend, saying the decision runs counter to their beliefs. They say they won’t comply with a requirement for health coverage of services such as contraception, abortion-inducing drugs or sterilization. They’re urging parishioners to pray or fast and to consider contacting lawmakers in Congress to push for legislation reversing the requirement.

Comments
  • Mtgphd

    I live in Ohio. As far as I know, Ohio is not a Catholic state. Nor are the United States Catholic states. The President is the president of all the people, and must protect the people. That is his major duty. The Roman Catholic Church does not represent women’s health, not even in their own church. The church apparently does not know how many Catholics practice birth control, and I don’t mean abstinence or the rhythm method, or Catholic roulette. This is just another example of the war against women’s health which extremists and fundamentalists are waging all over this country. It needs to stop.

    • Loislane

      Is the Catholic church so out of touch with reality that they think Catholic women do not do what is best for their health,body,and situation?