Latest House CR Funds and Permits Obamacare’s Attack on Free Exercise of Catholicism

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The last version of the continuing resolution that House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) pushed through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Monday—and that the Democrat-controlled Senate summarily rejected—surrendered a position that House Republicans had taken in the previous CR that protected Americans from being forced by an Obamacare regulation to act against their moral or religious convictions.

The Obamacare regulation in question effectively prohibits American Catholics from freely practicing their faith in the way they live their daily lives.

Indeed, the Catholic bishops of the United States have unanimously declared this regulation an “unjust and illegal mandate” and “a violation of personal civil rights.”

Many of the nation’s Catholic bishops have also publicly declared in writing that they “will not obey it.”

The CR the House approved after midnight on Sunday included an amendment sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R.-Tenn.). That amendment said the Obamacare “preventive services” regulation–which requires almost all health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs–could not be imposed between now and Jan. 1, 2015 on employers, health insurers or individuals who opposed “such requirement for coverage based on religious or moral objections.”

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