Recent government Mandate ruling requires that almost all medical insurance plans cover contraceptives including some that are abortifacients.. The only exceptions are church organizations. However, church related organizations like hospitals and colleges as well as any business owner who provides employees with health insurance will be forced to comply. The Catholic bishops as well as many other religious leaders see this as a serious violation of our freedom of religion.
In response, the bishops are proposing a “Fortnight for Freedom,” in which bishops in their own dioceses might arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending our first freedom. Our Catholic institutions also could be encouraged to do the same, especially in cooperation with other Christians, Jews, people of other faiths, and indeed, all who wish to defend our most cherished freedom.
They are suggesting that the fourteen days from June 21 to July 4th be a special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action that would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country could choose dates in that period for special events that would constitute a great national campaign of teaching and witnessing for religious liberty.. The details have not yet been defined, but we are recommending that our members participate in any way they can.