Some are calling it a war against religion. Others, an assault against freedom of expression or an attack against the Catholic Church. In reality, the new federal rules imposed by the healthcare reform package already exist in most states and all the uproar surrounding it is nothing more than politicizing a medical issue during a campaign year.

In August a new rule goes into effect requiring that most insurance plans cover fully preventive services for women, including contraceptives.

Churches, as religious sites, are exempt from this requirement. However, the Catholic Church doesn’t feel this is sufficient and it wants any organization with a religious affiliation such as charities, hospitals and universities, to be exempt as well.

We believe that, in this case, the Church’s request goes too far. The church has it religious values and society has its laws. In this case, the law respects and protects freedom of faith.

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