Because freedom can't protect itself
By doing so you condemn many people to death who made no choice to do so. That simple fact makes it ethically wrong. You don't kill everyone to make sure no one becomes a terrorist, but this shares the same mentality as the argument proposed by Priscilla Huang. There is no guarantee that all persons born into a bad situation will become integrated into them.
The ACLU really needs to get some ethical people running it. You can't step on everyone's rights to gain something for a small group.
I understand why from the perspective of the ACLU, supporter of a women's right to abortion but not the right to life of the unborn, why you would oppose this rule of Catholic social agencies.
Consider this, however, what happens in this country when decisions of personal conscience are driven completely out of public life? What happens when the only rule of conscience is the legal rule, the decisions of the state? By saying Catholics cannot participate in social services you are also saying that at some future date they may not refuse to euthananize the indigent or the handicapped, or some other group that a future state might require as a cost-saving measure. This leaves under the umbrella of state-serving agencies ONLY those who will be compliant. It drives out from under it ESPECIALLY those whose consciences would otherwise make them the supporters of the marginalized and the disenfranchised.
You no doubt think that this would never happen in the US, so its not a consideration. I'm sure the Germans thought that in 1932. I know that growing up I never thought the day would come when to be a believer and act according to one's conscience would drive one from the public square -- but apparently it has.
Is the issue not what the Catholics chose to support or not support, but rather, The Church is restricting funds given to it by the federal government?
From my understanding, the Catholic Church is free to do whatever it wants with its own money. However, when it takes money from the federal United States government, then there are certain strings attached. I'm sure if it were the government trying to impose something on the Catholic Church that was not in any way affiliated with money given to them by the government, the ACLU would support their religious freedom.
At least I hope so ...
That would be the case if abortion and contraceptive services were a necessary part of caring for such women. It is only necessary by the opinion of one segment of the population, opposed by other segments.
It is a right in law to be free to use such services, as it is right to bear arms, not a duty of the government to provide abortion, contraception or a gun. Thus, the Church's agencies are not proposing to take away anyone's rights, just not to be forced to violate its own. The ACLU and its friends in the abortion industry would coerce all other voices out of public life, hospitals and any other venue which does not knuckle under to this agenda. Being incapable of democratically achieving this, they would do so by judicial fiat. It is, as I was suggesting previously, the pointy end of tyranny.
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