Birth Control Concerns

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Nationwide, the Catholic Church has come out against the mandate for birth control coverage included in President Obama's health care overhaul.

The President did change part of the mandate today, but national Catholic leaders say they are reserving judgment until further details are released.

Father Frank Cosgrove, Pastor of Meridian's two Catholic churches, says it would go against the consciences of Catholic administrators to offer health care plans that pay for contraception, something that goes against Catholic teaching.

He says the Church is not making a national political stance, only defending it's rights.

"I think it's an encroachment on our religious freedom," says Cosgrove, "and I don't think it's just a Catholic issue."

"I think there are other groups that feel the same way, that it would affect their religious liberty which is so basic in our constitution."

Other religious institutions are concerned about this measure. The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) is closely monitoring all of the effects of the health care bill, and this particular issue has sparked concerns for officials at many independent schools.

"[Our concerns] may be a bit different than the Catholic Church, but we are still concerned about contraceptives, especially for teenagers because we want to promote abstinence," says Russell Christian Academy Headmaster Kevin Mosley.

"The other is the morning after pill, we believe life begins at conception."

Russell Christian does not currently offer health care plans through the school, but Mosley says the health car overhaul could change that in the future, and that the school would then have to shoulder a financial burden along with the moral questions the Catholic Church is now dealing with.


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  • by bearhunter on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:07 AM
    its amazing how stupid liberals and democrats eally are and smart they think they are. ms is right, its about the goverment dictating what the church needs to do. but idiots make it a womens rights argument. that is not by accident either.the obamanation administration divised a plan using the liberal media to argue womens right to birth control, like its not available anywere to take the eye of the real issue. the liberal sheep are so easiely led they fall right into it. i am with the first comment to, im ready for the Lords return.
  • by Mr on Feb 13, 2012 at 08:53 PM
    Oh so Pope Leo is to blame for our welfare state? Thats funny! I thought one of our US Presidents started that program. The Catholic population in MS is around 2-3%. If you look at all the welfare children in MS I'm sure that MOST are not Catholic. If you want to point the finger at women who have children they can't support go look at the other 98% of MS's non Catholic population. If a Catholic woman uses birth control she only calls herself a Catholic and doesnt hold true to her faith. The shameful molesting of children is not reserved for Catholic clergy, go look it up on the web. It's just not publicized when it pertains to non Catholic preachers. So many misconceptions about Catholics being spewed by folks who have no clue what Catholics even believe. We are all going to Hell according to all the charming Baptist folks I've encountered in MS. Go read the Nicene Creed, maybe that will shine a little light on to your dark path.
  • by Ms on Feb 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
    To all you ignorant, misinformed commentators........It's all about our First Amendment rights being infringed upon, as if the Constitution doesn't exist and it can just be ignored. Kyrie Eleison.
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      by neighbor on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:40 PM in reply to Ms
      AMEN to you Ms. Obama thinks he has found a way to get around the Constitution. We dont need to let him get away with this. What`s next. Our right to peaceably assemble? Who knows he`ll try anything. Obama is the poster child for government control of our lives and arrogance.
  • by cw on Feb 13, 2012 at 09:23 AM
    its ok for the preist to molest the alter boys but the women cant take birth control? PRIORITIES.glad im non denominational
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      by neighbor on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:45 PM in reply to cw
      Who said it was ok for priests to molest alter boys.That is wrong too. In my opinion so is abortion.That is what this junk is leading to. Obama throws out a test baloon and when it dosen`t float he throws out the one he really wants. It don`t look as bad as the first so he hopes the people will accept it. Please people don`t fall for these tricks.
  • by MY EXPRESSION Location: USA on Feb 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM
    BLAH BLAH BLAH; EVERYONE IS TITLED TO THEIR OWN EXPRESSIONS; WITH THOSE GOP IDIOTS NOT OFFERING ANYTHING BUT " GET OBAMA OUT".....WHAT ARE THEY GONNA DO THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE AMERICA FOR THE BEST. THE ISSUE IS BIRTH CONTROL, NOT THAT SERIOUS TO START ALL THE NAME CALLING AND IGNORANCE THAT'S GOING ON WITH THE TOPIC!!!
  • by anonymous Location: Meridian on Feb 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    The catholic church will shove what they believe to be "right" down our throats and say its "God's will" when woman have too many children they cant provide for and end up on wellfare! birth control is not the "end of days" that they make it out to be. its people taking responsibility for their actions and understanding that there are consequences for their actions and if not wanting to add to the over crowding of the planet is wrong I personally believe we are "screwed".
  • by michael Location: meridian on Feb 11, 2012 at 03:19 PM
    it is our human right to have birth control no one is being forced to take it it is stupidity to deny someone something that could potentially save there life ( birth control saved the life of my wife )
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      by neighbor on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM in reply to michael
      Its not birth control I see as wrong its abortion. To prevent an unwanted pregnancy is one thing. to kill another human being is another.
  • by RN Location: Newton on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM
    Obama is a liar. If you are a Christian you will not vote for him and if you do you are kidding yourself. No Christian would vote for him since the truth is not in him.
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      by Agree. on Feb 12, 2012 at 09:05 PM in reply to RN
      His snake oil salesmanship playing the shell games with our beliefs & traditions is an affront to our consciousness. So many people are being deluded with his magical diversion dust to keep their eyes off his mighty slight of hand shell game. This is not religious or political as an in-your-face, strutting his behemoth, bloated oration, "I'll do what I please & just try to stop me," pompous air of arrogance. While people are struggle to find out if it's a 1st Amendment "freedom of religion" or "freedom of speech," the O'blamnation foundry has the Conservative Christians, Catholics. faith-based groups, Mormons, Jews, * even Muslims realize that we are all in a coalition to keep our faith-based belief system intact, not to be attacked in such a way again. Study to know yourselves approved!
  • by Gregory Location: Collinsville on Feb 11, 2012 at 08:49 AM
    I'm confused as to why churches even provide health care at all, seeing as how much of it relies on that godless "science" and "evolution" stuff. Shouldn't you guys be focusing on praying the illness away? Or... maybe you could just shut up and leave sane people to live their lives in peace.
  • by Reason on Feb 11, 2012 at 06:20 AM
    So, 98% of Catholic women have used birth control, but the church is against it. I would say that the Catholic church needs to work some things out internally before they pick a position. It is clear what their position on who should pay for all of those kids is. Pope Leo XIII said "When there is question of defending the rights of individuals, the poor and badly off have a claim to especial consideration", effectively setting the world up for the welfare state that we have today. I am sure that Kevin Mosely won't lose any sleep over it, but he just lost my money. I am actually looking for the right private school to send my daughter to. Promoting abstinence without teaching responsibility is what has given MS the rate of teen pregnancy that we have today. This contraception issue is just another way that politicians on both sides of the isle are keeping us divided so that they can rob us blind. The insurance companies love the plan. They are going to approach the insured, even if it is outside of the workplace. They save money by giving birth control away. Are the people who are against this going to drop their insurance carriers when they do this? I don't think so. Anyone claiming "religous liberty" needs to grow up. You are responsible for infringing on my "personal liberty" by expecting for me to pay more taxes for unplanned children and more for my insurance premiums. If you don't want birth control, don't take it. I don't see the religious yahoos down at the health department protesting the use of thier tax dollars to provide birth control. These politicians are just pandering to keep you confused.
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