New Lawsuit Says ‘Obamacare’ Violates Catholics’ Religious Morals


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CLEVELAND -- Twelve federal lawsuits filed Monday by Cleveland law firm Jones-Day allege part of the affordable care act, called "Obamacare" by some, would require Catholic organizations to violate their religious morals.

"Catholic moral teaching does not allow us to support, particularly, abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, contraception," said Robert Tayek, spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

Tayek said they fully support the lawsuits, which include all Catholic organizations across the United States.

"Morally, it's against what we believe and, subsequently, what this mandate requires is any Catholic institution that employs people will have to offer these measures as part of the health care plan," Tayek said

The White House press office told Fox 8 News they would not comment on the litigation, but in February, President Obama announced a modification to the plan to try and quell the controversy.

“Under the rule, women will still have access to free, preventive care that includes contraceptive services, no matter where they work, so that core principle remains," President Obama said in February.

"The insurance company, not the hospital, not the charity will be required to reach out and offer the women contraceptive care free of charge, without co-pays and without hassles," the President said in February.

But Tayek argues it's still the Catholic institution that's paying for the insurance coverage.

Catholics we spoke with are divided on the issue.

"The Catholic Church is taking the correct stand," said Tom Piatak.

"I don't feel the church should opt out because they feel the woman shouldn't have rights," said Carmen Alvelo.

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