Speaker Boehner Attempts to use contraception as a cover

The Rainbow Sash Movement believes the GOP under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is extemporizing Catholic Dogma into political situations to mask the ethical dilemma the speaker finds himself in with the ethics investigation of Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.). Instead of dealing with this clear moral situation the speaker wishes to engage in smoke and mirrors approach as concerns the Obama administration’s proposed compromise on a controversial rule that requires most employers to fully cover contraception in their workers’ health plans.

Years ago as minority leader, Boehner called on Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to relinquish his Ways and Means Committee chairmanship during a high-profile ethics investigation. Rather than dealing with this issue the speaker is attempting to side track that discussion by focusing on cultural issues such as birth control, gay marriage, stem cell research and abortion.

The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops under the leadership of Cardinal designate Archbishop Dolan and Cardinal Wuerl is either a willing partners in this effort, or are being duped by the GOP leadership.

We are glad to see that several Catholic organizations praised the administration compromise after it was announced, including the hospitals group the Catholic Health Association and Catholic Charities USA. It is clear that the Catholic Bishops do not speak for Catholics in the pew on the matter of Birth control.

We call on speaker Boehner to deal with the ethical situation that Chairman Spencer Bacus finds himself in, rather than trying to side step the issue in the name of religious liberty.

Bob Meyers
Rainbow Sash Movement

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