Happened across this imaginary conversation as a way of catching everyone up on what has happened with the HHS ruling. This was from a Catholic site, but in most cases, you can substitute Orthodox or Christian or any other pro-life religion. I thought this was awesome, and also gave a complete rundown on what has happened so far …
Department of Health and Human Services: All employers have to provide insurance that covers contraception and sterilization.
Catholic Church: Except us, right?
HHS: No, you, too.
CC: Freedom of religion?
HHS: Okay, fine. If you employ and serve only members of your religion, you’re exempt.
CC: So you’re saying that to follow our consciences, our hospitals have to turn away all non-Catholics? Our schools can’t educate non-Catholics? Not going to happen. We’ll just shut everything down.
CC: Seriously? We’re still paying for it if we’re paying for other people to pay for it.
Most of the US: What’s the big deal? They’re not saying you have to use contraception, just that you have to provide it to others.
CC: Cool, well, you don’t have to kill those toddlers, you just have to pay for the bullets. Even if that were true, we’re not trying to restrict access to birth control. Just refusing to pay for it.
US: Why is the Catholic Church so anti-woman? Why are you taking away our rights? Are we going back to the Dark Ages?
CC: Whoa, we’re not even saying contraception should be illegal, just that we’re not going to buy it for you.
US: You have to! It’s a basic human right not to get pregnant!
CC: We didn’t want to do this, but…sued!
Hope that catches you up.