The canonical Orthodox Bishops of North American stand firmly and boldly with apostolic and holy tradition. We stand together with the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church… We will either be standing together on the great doctrines of the sanctity of life – or we will find ourselves standing alone against a world set on utter lawlessness and death.
What our progressive and enlightened political pawns forget is that:
Pregnancy is 100% avoidable without drugs or contraceptives of any kind… the solution is called abstinence before monogamous lifelong marriage; and the practice of the beautiful and reliable system of natural family planning while married.
Pregnancy is 100% ‘curable’ – the 9 month gestation period is finally alleviated with the birth of a child… a miracle gift from God. The so called “choice” that radical feminists demand is truly theirs… they do have a choice… the choice to NOT engage in the act of sexuality which always leads to the conception of a child. Make your choice before you enter the bed.
The Church must stand. The Church must not be moved. And if (when) persecution comes… let it come.
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, which is comprised of the 65 canonical Orthodox bishops in the United States, Canada and Mexico, join their voices with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and all those who adamantly protest the recent decision by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and call upon all the Orthodox Christian faithful to contact their elected representatives today to voice their concern in the face of this threat to the sanctity of the Church’s conscience.
In this ruling by HHS, religious hospitals, educational institutions, and other organizations will be required to pay for the full cost of contraceptives (including some abortion-inducing drugs) and sterilizations for their employees, regardless of the religious convictions of the employers.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion. This freedom is transgressed when a religious institution is required to pay for “contraceptive services” including abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization services that directly violate their religious convictions. Providing such services should not be regarded as mandated medical care. We, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, call upon HHS Secretary Sebelius and the Obama Administration to rescind this unjust ruling and to respect the religious freedom guaranteed all Americans by the First Amendment.