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ABSTRACT HHS MANDATE/ Excused from Prudence: Contraception and the Mother of all Virtues Welcome   |   Login   |   Sign Up   | RSS Make This your Homepage   |   advanced research   SEARCH   Culture & Religion MILANO | ROMA | LAVORO | TRASPORTI E MOBILITA | ENERGIA E AMBIENTE | EMMECIQUADRO | L'ASSAGGIO DI MASSOBRIO ENGLISH AUTORI | INTERVISTATI Home Arts & Media Culture Economics Education From the World Politics Science Welfare & Subsidiarity Culture & Religion Tweet HHS MANDATE/ Excused from Prudence: Contraception and the Mother of all Virtues Elise Matich February Tue 21, 2012 Detail of a statue depicting the virtue of prudence Related Articles HHS MANDATE/ It still undermines religious freedom HHS MANDATE/ The true rights of women and men HHS MANDATE/ Happy Valentine’s Day from the Catholic Church! read the Features The HHS Mandate debate The phrases, “insurance co-pay” and “Thomistic ethics” are not frequently passengers on the same train of thought. However, U.S. political events of recent weeks have quietly thrust the two concepts into uncomfortably close quarters. Although obscured by distress over religious freedom and woman’s health, the real story of President Obama’s contraception mandate is that of the meeting between healthcare policy and the natural virtue of prudence. On January 20th, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announced that, effective August 1, 2012, health insurance plans, including those offered by many religious organizations would be required to cover contraceptive and sterilization services without charge. This announcement , as well as the administration’s subsequent “accommodation” , transferring the direct financial responsibility of providing contraceptive services from employers to insurance companies, has incited furious debate over the administration’s positions on healthcare and religious liberty. President Obama has characterized the central issue in the resolution as one of access, declaring: "Nearly 99 percent of all women have relied on contraception at some point in their lives – 99 percent. And yet, more than half of all women between the ages of 18 and 34 have struggled to afford it. So for all these reasons, we decided to follow the judgment of the nation’s leading medical experts and make sure that free preventive care includes access to free contraceptive care." By styling the mandate as a matter of public health and social justice, the President appeals to the nation’s impressionable good intentions. By auth.......