Sebelius to Speak at Public Policy Institute Grad? May 21, 2012 21:50:28 GMT -5
Post by CWS on May 21, 2012 21:50:28 GMT -5
Why is all the outrage over Sebellius' invitation for a speech and not over the fact that Georgetown already offers employee health plans with birth control available? I just got reading through Dineen's post and I do not understand how someone is a "persecutor" for trying to indirectly mandate something that Georgetown is already providing of its own volition.
Not one of the articles I've seen from Georgetown figures opposed to the Sebellius speech (Dineen, Schall, Blatty) has even mentioned that Georgetown freely offers employees plans with birth control. If people really find offering birth control to employees morally wrong, why isn't the fault on the side of *actually doing that*, rather than on letting someone speak at an event who favors doing it?
I'm not sure but I think part of the non-focus on actual practices is that a number of Catholic institutions have already been offering birth control coverage for a while now (with the knowledge of the bishops). Liberal critics of the bishops' point to these cases (some of which the bishops have been aware) and wonder what their beef is with the HHS mandate is, given that these things have been going on for a while. Of course, the bishops argue that there's a significant difference between limited, local mandates and the type of universal, national mandate we're now confronting.
I don't know the details of Georgetown's practice or its historical origin. Some Catholic institutions have been offering contraceptive coverage because of state mandates similar to the HHS one. One argument in support of such practices is the traditional Catholic distinction between formal & material cooperation with evil (material cooperation is when you're doing something bad but you'd prefer not to do it and don't have realistic alternatives to avoid it; cooperating with evil in such cases can sometimes be legit; formal cooperation is a willful, free, desirous cooperation with evil -- always bad).