The man who was a 100% anti-life Senator and a 100% anti-life candidate, continues in his path to be a 100% anti-life President. And now he has shown either disrespect or disregard for the Catholic Church with his two most recent moves.
On Friday, the Administration announced that they would be rescinding some important regulations promulgated by the last Administration. The regulations were designed to strengthen protection of the conscience rights of hospitals and doctors who did not want to cooperate in abortion.
You must understand that, in general, the protection of conscience rights for individuals and institutions is not very strong in the United States right now. The Supreme Court has essentially eviscerated the First Amendment Free Exercise clause, holding that a neutral law of general applicability does not have to make exceptions for those who have religious objections. If a general law is passed that would require all hospitals to perform abortions, or all doctors to refer for them, the law would not have to contain a “conscience clause” permitting those hospitals and doctors to opt out because of their faith. The only conscience protection currently available is in state and federal statutes, all of which can be repealed or re-interpreted tomorrow.
Everyone knows what’s at stake with these regulations. Everyone knows that the only hospitals with conscience objections are Catholic hospitals. The repeal of these regulations is a direct attack upon the ability of Catholic institutions to survive.
In another move, the President nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This post is crucial, since it oversees the regulations discussed above, as well as medical research like that involving stem cells. The Secretary will also play a significant role in shaping and implementing any health care reform plans put forward by the Administration.
And what do we know about Kathleen Sebelius? She’s 100% anti-life in her political positions, to such an extent that she’s been endorsed by the Cult of Moloch, er, I mean Planned Parenthood and NARAL. She’s consistently opposed pro-life legislation, vetoing several important bills that would have protected unborn babies and their mothers — including a bill designed to protect women against coerced abortions.
The perfect example of Gov. Sebelius’s membership in the death cult of “pro-choice” politics can be seen in an event she hosted at the governor’s mansion in 2007. The guest of “honor” was George Tiller, the notorious late-term abortionist, who was at that time under criminal investigation for his flouting of Kansas law. Think of it for a second — honoring a man who makes his living by destroying unborn children in the last weeks of pregnancy.
The worst part of all of this is that Gov. Sebelius is a Catholic. Her “pro-choice” stands are so blatant, in fact, that she’s been warned by her Archbishop not to present herself for Holy Communion until she publicly repents for her manifest grave sin of supporting and promoting abortion rights.
In reviewing the policies of our government, and our duties as Catholic citizens, we all must bear in mind a fundamental point of Catholic social teaching, as articulated last year by Cardinal George:
Catholic Social thought is built upon the foundational truth that every single human life has an inherent human dignity and must be respected and protected. The unborn child, who is alive and is a member of the human family, cannot defend himself or herself. Good law defends the defenseless. Our present laws permit unborn children to be privately killed. Laws that place unborn children outside the protection of law destroy both the children killed and the common good, which is the controlling principle of Catholic social teaching. One cannot favor the legal status quo on abortion and also be working for the common good.
Pope John Paul, in his great encyclical, The Gospel of Life, made the issue crystal clear:
Abortion and euthanasia are crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize. There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection.
Basic civility requires us to be respectful towards the secular authorities. But when our rulers show disrespect for the sacredness of human life, and indifference towards religious liberty, we cannot stand by mutely. When they appoint to high office people who have publicly broken Communion with our faith, then we cannot ignore it.
Let me say this bluntly. This Administration is hostile towards innocent human life to an extent that is unprecedented in our history. And it is beginning to show an indifference — if not outright hostility — towards our Church. We must be ready to discuss the consequences of this.