The HHS mandate, calling for employers to cover all expenses related to abortion and contraception, is a threat to our conscience as a member of the Catholic Church, because it goes against everything we believe about abortion and contraceptives. No employer should be forced to provide coverage for any procedure that goes directly against their beliefs. There has always been a direct separation between church and state. The government should not be involving itself, not only condoning but in a sense encouraging, such an act to be an accepted part of life. Life saving treatments and procedures are available, but only after deductibles and co-payments are met. This mandate allows for the termination of human life completely free. Not only is it a threat to our conscience, is it against our first amendment, “Freedom of Religion”. This mandate makes businesses cover abortion procedures and contraception, which would in turn come out of our taxes. So we as Catholics would be paying for other people to get abortions which is the exact opposite of our beliefs.
From the words of Pope Paul VI we can