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February 28, 2012

Day 7: HHS Mandate, COP

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

At its regular meeting Feb. 18-21, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod Council of Presidents (COP) commended Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison for the statements he has made in response to the recent United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate.

During the public debate about the new HHS mandates, a couple of dopey politicians (sorry, sometimes I need to get things off my chest) took to the microphone to whine about religious institution’s theological stands against covering contraception obviously come from some notion that churches hate women (my personal opinion of said dopey politicians and their public statements; again, I need to get things off my chest). I am glad that the Council of Presidents and President Harrison kept their eyes on the ball — it is not about whether or not religious institutions want to chain women to the kitchen in an effort to keep them barefoot and pregnant; the debate is centered on whether the Federal government should force religious institutions to go against their religious beliefs and provide contraceptive coverage to their employees.

Here in the LCMS, our health plans provide this coverage.

But what if one day Big Government decides to mandate paying for abortions?

For more on the COP support, click here and check out who is in the photo accompanying the story.

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