In May 2009, the President went to Notre Dame University to receive an honorary degree, and to address the graduating class. Many of us believed that this was a profoundly scandalous invitation by the administration of the University, which purports to be Catholic.
In response, we were tutted and shushed by those who, like the gullible priest who heads the University, thought that it would be the beginning of a “dialogue” between the pro-abortion President and the pro-life community, particularly with the Church.
Indeed, on that day, the President said this:
When we open our hearts and our minds to those who may not think precisely like we do or believe precisely what we believe—that’s when we discover at least the possibility of common ground…. Let’s honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science but also in clear ethics as well as respect for the quality of life.
Two years later, we have yet another demonstration of what it means when the President speaks about issues of life and death. It means this — his words have the exact opposite meaning from what he says, and you can always expect that he will do everything in his power to advance the Culture of Death.
Earlier this week, the President’s Secretary of Health and Human Services announced that, pursuant to the health care “reform” law, all health insurance plans in the United States would be required to cover — free of charge to the insured person — all forms of contraceptives, under the rubric of “preventive care”.
This includes hormonal contraceptives, which corrupt women by treating their healthy fertility as if it were diseased. It includes “intrauterine devices” which are early mechanisms of abortion. It includes “ella”, a “morning after pill” that is acknowledged by its own manufacturer to work as an abortion pill. And it writes into law a powerful anti-life message, which teaches people that a new human life is an enemy to be poisoned at its earliest stages — to be “prevented”, and not welcomed.
For those individuals who object to this? Nothing. No chance of opting out. No “choice”, to use a favored word of the President’s.
For those religious institutions that object to this? Nothing — just an “exemption” that is so transparently phony that it is an insult.
This has been yet another important lesson. When the President speaks, it’s important that we translate his words into plain English. By “common ground”, he means “I will compel you to agree with me or face the consequences”. By “honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion”, he means “ignore their concerns and force them to pay for abortions and abortifacient contraceptives”. By “draft a sensible conscience clause” he means “enact a fig leaf of a provision that everyone will know to be bogus”. And by “grounded in clear ethics as well as respect for the quality of life” he means “pushing policies that advance the culture of death and the agenda of those who worship it, regardless of the cost in human lives or souls”.
And by “dialogue”, he really means “force you to surrender your beliefs and buy into the killing of children and the degradation of women”.