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Sisters of Life Statement


RELIGIOUS ORDER

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Catholic Institution
Date:
2/16/2012

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ABSTRACT Sisters of Life Statement Regarding the HHS Mandate : Sisters of Life Pregnant? Need Help? Home about us about us history formation prayer life community life missions holy respite pregnancy help retreats hope & healing after abortion evangelization family life / respect life links vocations vocation information inquiry form vocations retreats vocation stories meditations get involved visitation co-workers about the co-workers co-worker meditations volunteer opportunities sisters of life guild Upcoming Events Events Retreats donations items mission needs community needs financial Sisters Of Life Guild latest news latest news Newsletters Sisters of Life In the News Retreats contact us Browse > Home / Sisters of Life Statement Regarding the HHS Mandate Sisters of Life Statement Regarding the HHS Mandate February 16, 2012 The Sisters of Life join with the Catholic Bishops of the United States, and leaders of many other religious communities, in strongly objecting to the Department of Health and Human Services rule for “preventative services,” and the “compromise” announced by President Obama regarding religious liberty. This mandate will gravely violate the individual and collective religious liberties of the Sisters of Life and millions of others by forcing us to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and artificial contraception against our conscience. The Sisters of Life is a religious community of consecrated women, founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor. Ours is a religious community founded in the United States of America by a priest who dearly loved this country, and served as a Rear Admiral and Chief of Chaplains in the United States Navy. We, too, love our country. We are grateful to be a part of its proud history, for the generosity and valor of so many who call this nation home, and for the possibilities that arise from living authentic freedom within a pluralistic society. Yet now we are faced with a government decision that is not only a grave affront to the religious liberty and rights of conscience of every citizen of the United States, but also an offense to each Sister of Life in a particular way. Every professed member of our community takes a special vow “to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.” In response to a call from God and to the sheer beauty and goodness of the gift of life, each Sister dedicates herself to God that all people might come to know the precious gift of his or her life, and that every human life be protected and received as an unrepeatable icon of the living God. To this end, we defend vulnerable human life in the womb from the moment of conception, supporting and upholding mothers in need through emotional, spiritual and material support during and after their pregnancies. Because the gift of life is intrinsically linked to love, we also affirm and fully support the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church regarding marriage and sexuality. This includes an understanding that sterilization and contraception are gravely against God’s plan for human life and love, and we believe, in the end, are false promises that undermine the peace and freedom in commitment that are fruits of authentic human love. Our speci.......