In Defence of Conscientious Objection

2013-11-07 L’Osservatore Romano

The bill’s passage would thus remove secrecy from health insurance plans and guarantee transparency regarding coverage for abortive services. Under the current federal health care law, an insurer does not have to reveal how much of the client’s premium goes to fund abortion, regardless of the client’s moral and religious convictions. Often these “services” are included under women’s preventative healthcare.

Cardinal O’Malley cited a 2009 poll which showed that most Americans, and in particular most women, do not want abortion coverage in their health care plans. He said that US citizens must be enabled “to make an informed choice of a health plan for themselves and their families that does not violate their moral and religious convictions”.