This is from CNSNews.

After reading this article all I can say is WTF are you saying Senator?

Even for a DemocRat your ramblings are in the twilight zone.

CNSNews.com) – Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today justified what the Catholic bishops of the United States have unanimously called an “unjust and illegal mandate” that forces Catholic business owners to provide coverage for free sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs because, Harkin said, some women need birth control pills to deal with menstrual pain.

“There are many women who take birth control pills, for example, because they have terrible menstrual cramps once a month, some of them almost incapacitated, can’t work,” said Harkin. “I know of young women myself who, because of this, aren’t able to work and be productive, and it’s prescribed by their doctor.”

In an interview with CNSNews.com, Harkin at no time contested that the regulation required Catholics to act against their faith. Instead, he likened forcing a Catholic to purchase health insurance that covers sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to forcing Quakers to pay taxes to cover a war.

“It’s like a Quaker who pays income taxes,” said Harkin.   “They have to pay income taxes.  Quakers, as you know, have unalterably been opposed to war and military spending.  Yes, some of their taxes have to go to that.”

The “preventive services” regulation, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), goes into effect on Aug. 1. It mandates that nearly all health insurance plans must offer sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge.

More than 40 Catholic entities and business owners have filed suit against the mandate arguing that it violates the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion by forcing Catholics to buy and/or provide health plans that violate Catholic teaching.

Last Friday, a federal judge in Colorado issued a temporary injunction stopping the Obama administration from enforcing the regulation against Hercules Industries, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business owned by a Catholic family.

During a press conference on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Harkin, “The Catholic Bishops have unanimously declared this regulation to be an ‘illegal and unjust mandate.’  A judge on Friday issued an injunction, in Colorado, stopping it from being enforced on a Catholic small business owner.  Do you believe that the federal government has a moral right to force Catholic small business owners to act against their faith?”

Harkin said, “What I do believe is that the Obama administration carved out a very sensible, sort of middle ground exception to this, in which churches, religious organizations, certainly are exempted from this, but for-profit businesses, a broad variety, they don’t have to pay in if they don’t want to for the individual, but they do have to pay into the health care and it’s up to the insurance companies whether or not they want to carry this as a provision. So, I think the exception that the Obama administration come up with is sensible.”

“I think we also have to keep in mind, a lot of times we talk about birth control or contraception, many times for many young women of child bearing age, it’s not just to prevent a birth, or prevent a pregnancy,” he said.

“There are many women who take birth control pills, for example, because they have terrible menstrual cramps once a month, some of them almost incapacitated, can’t work.”

“I know of young women myself who, because of this, aren’t able to work and be productive, and it’s prescribed by their doctor,” said Harkin.  “Are we now being told that a woman has to take that prescription from a doctor, and take it and show it to her employer?  Or show it to her insurance company about what the diagnosis is?  You wouldn’t ask anyone to do that.  I wouldn’t ask any woman to do that. So, I think that we have to move ahead on this.”

Harkin continued, “I don’t know what the outcome of this case in Colorado is going to be, I know it’s a preliminary injunction while the case, while it’s decided. I don’t know all the facts of the case, I just don’t, but I do believe that we have carved out, the Obama administration carved out a viable exception for religious organizations, churches.”

Contrary to Harkin’s assertions, the religious “exemption” in the HHS regulation applies only to religious organizations organized under the section of the tax code reserved for churches per se. It does not apply to Catholic hospitals, schools or charities, or to individual Catholic workers or business owners. Nor does it apply to insurance companies.

Under Obamacare, all businesses with 50 or more full-time employees must purchase government-approved health-care plans for their workers or face steep penalties and all individuals must purchase health insurance whether they run their own business or work for somebody else.

 

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