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United We Stand for Religious Freedom


WUERL/COLSON/SOLOVEICHIK

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Wall Street Journal
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Media/Opinion
Date:
2/10/2012

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ABSTRACTWuerl, Colson and Soloveichik: United We Stand for Religious Freedom - WSJ.com nullnull WSJ WSJ Facebook Twitter MarketWatch MarketWatch Barron's Barron's SmartMoney SmartMoney AllThingsDigital AllThingsDigital FINS FINS More BigCharts Virtual Stock Exchange Financial News WSJ Asia WSJ India WSJ China chinese edition WSJ Japan japanese edition WSJ Europe WSJ Deutschland WSJ Americas en Español em Português WSJ Radio WSJ Wine SEARCH | The Wall Street Journal Houses of Worship Welcome, Logout Customer Center My Journal Help Message Center ( new) U.S. Edition Home ↓ More WSJ.com is available in the following editions and languages: U.S. Asia India China Japan Europe Deutschland Americas en Español em Português Register for FREE Register for FREE Thank you for registering. We sent an email to: Please click on the link inside the email to complete your registration Please register to gain free access to WSJ tools. An account already exists for the email address entered. Forgot your username or password? This service is temporary unavailable due to system maintenance. Please try again later. The username entered is already associated with another account. Please enter a different username The email address you have entered is already in use. Please re-enter the email address. First Name Last Name Email (your email address will be your login) Confirm Email Create a Password Confirm Password Company Size (Optional) Please make a selection 1-99 100-499 500-999 1,000-2,499 2,500-4,999 5,000-9,999 10,000-14,999 15,000-24,999 25,000+ Not Applicable From time to time, we will send you e-mail announcements on new features and special offers from The Wall Street Journal Online. Create a profile for me in the Journal Community Why Register? Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions As a registered user of The Wall Street Journal Online, you will be able to: Setup and manage your portfolio Personalize your own news page Receive and manage newsletters Login/Register to set your edition Today's Paper People In The News Video Blogs Journal Community Subscribe Log In World » More World » More Loading… U.S. » More U.S. » More Loading… New York » More New York » More Loading… Business » More Business » More Loading… Markets » More Markets » More Loading… Tech » More Tech » More Loading… Personal Finance » More Personal Finance » More Loading… Life & Culture » More Life & Culture » More Loading… Opinion » More Opinion » More Loading… Careers » More Careers » More Loading… Real Estate » More Real Estate » More Loading… Small Business » More Small Business » More Loading… Leisure & Arts Book Reviews Letters to the Editor Political Diary Columns Dow Jones Reprints: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit www.djreprints.com See a sample reprint in PDF format. Order a reprint of this article now HOUSES OF WORSHIP February 10, 2012 United We Stand for Religious Freedom ObamaCare's contraception mandate stands the First Amendment on its head. Article Comments more in Opinion | Find New $LINKTEXTFIND$ » Email Print Save ↓ More smaller Larger By DONALD WUERL, CHARLES COLSON AND MEIR Y. SOLOVEICHIK Stories involving a Catholic, a Protestant and a Jew typically end with a punch line. We wish that were the case here, but what brings us together is no laughing matter: the threat now posed by government policy to that basic human freedom, religious liberty. Last month the federal Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Affordable Care Act requires employers to pay for insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilizations and contraception. What made the announcement especially troubling is that HHS specifically declined to exempt religious institutions that serve those outside their own faiths, such as hospitals and schools. Coverage of this story has almost invariably been framed as a conflict between the federal government and the Catholic bishops. Zeroing in on the word "contraception," many commentators have taken delight in pointing to surveys about the use of contraceptives among Catholics, the message being that any infringement of religious freedom involves an idiosyncratic position that doesn't affect that many people. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Catholic Church's teaching on contraception (not to mention abortion and surgical sterilization) has been clear, consistent and public. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's decision would force Catholic institutions either to violate the moral teachings of the Catholic Church or aband.......