Demonstrating the power of grassroots organization and witness, Children of God for Life led a successful boycott of Pepsico, and in less than one year persuaded the company to discontinue its plan to use cell lines derived from elective abortion to test flavor enhancers.
On Friday, March 23, the Catholic Medical Association joined several other organizations in a brief filed in the Illinois appellate court against the “Blagojevich Rule,” a regulation that would force Illinois pharmacists to dispense abortion-inducing drugs despite their religious and moral convictions. “At a time when there is a critical shortage of pharmacists, a regulation that forces pharmacists to choose between their jobs and their religious beliefs recklessly threatens the health care of all citizens of Illinois,” stated Kim Colby, Senior Counsel for Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom, which submitted the brief.
Last Friday night, on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, the Obama administration issued important new rules to extend and finalize their abortifacient and contraceptive mandate, issuing demands to provide free sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortifacient pills to all college students. And that is not all . . .
CMA member and Military Region director William P. Mueller, M.D. spoke at a Faith and Freedom First event in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, February 18, giving a clear witness to the fact that the HHS mandate not only violates religious freedom, but is bad for women’s health and for the sancity of human life and marriage. Watch a Youtube video of the event after the break.
In a Feb. 7, 2012 Wall St. Journal op-ed, Democrat Senators Boxer, Murray, and Shaheen claimed that President Obama’s HHS mandate was a victory for women’s health. Several CMA women physician members, including president Maricela P. Moffitt, M.D., M.P.H., and past president Kathleen Raviele, M.D., responded to this column, asserting that President Obama’s mandate is bad for women’s health and for the profession of medicine. Read the full Open letter after the break.
The Catholic Medical Association joined six other medical organizations in a friend of the court brief filed on Feb. 13 in the U.S. Supreme Court by lead counsel Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF), challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (“Obamacare”).
On February 7, 2012, the Catholic Medical Association joined the Law of Life Project in an amicus brief challenging New York City’s attack on pregnancy resource centers.
Pittsburgh’s bishop, David A Zubik, issued a strong statement in reaction to the HHS mandate targeting Catholic institutions. According to Bishop Zubik, “The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, “To Hell with you!” There is no other way to put it.”