April 4, 2013
“Politifact should come up with a new award for itself, the ‘Head in the Sand Award.’ The Obama Administration's HHS mandate (recently affirmed by Senate Democrats who voted for the Shaheen Amendment -- S. Amdt.438 to S.Con.Res.8), imposes crippling fines for Catholic institutions who cannot comply without violating Catholic beliefs. These fines would effectively ‘shut down’ Catholic charities and hospitals, as Senator Ted Cruz correctly asserted in his CPAC speech. The ‘accommodation’ is merely an accounting gimmick designed to distract from this heavy-handed violation of religious liberty . It looks like Politifact took the bait.”
Maureen Ferguson, Senior Policy Advisor with The Catholic Association
"Thank you, Ted Cruz, for your courage in standing up for religious believers, including religious women like myself. Senator Cruz is absolutely correct that Catholic hospitals and charities face the unconscionable position of having to pay for things like abortion drugs or shut down. Courts all across the country are agreeing with Senator Cruz that the HHS mandate is a violation of religious liberty, plain and simple. And it doesn't end with hospitals and charities. Private employers with religious beliefs face the same dilemma. The recent decision by the 10th Circuit to grant a very rare en banc hearing to Hobby Lobby's owners is evidence that the HHS mandate is being taken seriously as a threat to the religious liberty of people of faith, regardless of where they work."
Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association