- Aug 3, 2020
An Indiana bishop said he supports the University of Notre Dame’s Feb. 7 decision to stop coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and add natural family planning services to the school’s health plan, but he said coverage of artificial birth control by a Catholic institution is unacceptable.
Under a proposed new state law, the Oregon Health Authority must provide abortion coverage where religious organizations will not. Under the Oregon Medicaid program, over $2 million is spent each year to pay for about 3,500 abortions. The proposed bill sets aside about $500,000 over the next two years to expand free reproductive health coverage, including abortion, to immigrants.
As the federal government and other states are seeking restrictions on abortion, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover abortions and other reproductive services at no cost to the patient for virtually any reason, at any time, including sex-selective and late-term abortions.
Some states in the U.S. have legalized assisted suicide. The opponents of the law argue that there is no way to ensure that this system won’t be abused. One of the abuses seems to be coming from insurance companies which won’t pay for regular medical care when they can pay for the much cheaper option of assisted suicide.
The bishops in the United States say the new American Health Care Act falls short of those obligations imposed on us by Christ in the Gospel of Matthew, because it contains proposals that would be disproportionately harmful to the poor and to immigrants. We have a choice: Take the words of Jesus seriously, or accept what is convenient to us in Christ’s message while rejecting Christ himself.
“The neat thing about employment is you really get to see a person blossom,” the executive director of Bayaud Enterprises David Henninger said, adding that the impact of finding permanent work for someone with a disability is life-changing.