News has just come out of a Brooklyn federal district court with a ruling that says Catholic organizations named in the case do not have to provide insurance that covers contraception as previously mandated by the so-called HHS Mandate. This is just one of 75 similar cases filed around the USA. You can catch up on this on-going story via the USCCB’s page (and see all the links at the bottom of that page).
This just came in my email this morning from Helen Alvare of WomenSpeakForThemselves.com and the Chiaroscuro Institute:
“The non exempt plaintiffs are required to complete and submit this self-certification, which authorizes a third party to provide the contraceptive coverage to which they object. They consider this to ‘compel affirmation of a repugnant belief’…. It is not for this court to say otherwise.”
4-The government’s having exempted a large number of people and groups from the Mandate already (grandfathered health plans, small businesses and some religious employers) shows that they don’t really have a compelling interest in getting free contraceptives to every woman. Even if they could show such an interest, there are many less restrictive means by which the government could pursue it — like tax incentives, or government-provided services or insurance.
“There are numerous clinical trials which show that all hormonal contraception increases the risk of clot, and that the Nuva Ring is no better or worse than oral contraceptives…”
Thank you for publishing this article about the dangers of NuvaRing. My own 29 year old daughter died in March of this year from blood clots in her lungs. She was on NuvaRing. This is a heartbreak that no parent wants for their daughter.