According to William McGurn in The Wall Street Journal, Barack Obama’s mandate requiring employers to provide their employees with health care coverage that provides free birth control and sterilization has angered many on the Catholic left who supported the president in 2008. Here is a taste:
When Barack Obama secured his party’s nomination for president in 2008, one group of Democrats had special reason to cheer.
These were Democrats who were reliably liberal on policy but horrified by the party’s sometimes knee-jerk animosity to faith. The low point may have been the 1992 Democratic convention. There the liberal but pro-life governor of Pennsylvania, Bob Casey Sr., was humiliated when he was denied a speaking slot while a pro-choice Republican activist from his home state was allowed.
With Mr. Obama, all this looked to be in the past. In 2006, the Illinois senator delivered a speech declaring that “secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square.” He followed up by appearing at fund-raisers for the anti-abortion Bob Casey Jr. during Mr. Casey’s successful run for Sen. Rick Santorum’s senate seat.
Sen. Casey went on to co-chair Mr. Obama’s National Catholic Advisory Council. Sixteen years after the snub to his dad, he was given a prime-time speaking slot at the 2008 Democratic convention. And Mr. Obama would go on to capture a majority of the Catholic vote.
Now, suddenly, we have headlines about the president’s “war on the Catholic Church.” Mostly they stem from a Health and Human Services mandate that forces every employer to provide employees with health coverage that not only covers birth control and sterilization, but makes them free. Predictably, the move has drawn fire from the Catholic bishops.
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