Archbishop Mansell to attempt final effort to change contraception law
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Archbishop Henry Mansell said he is considering all options, including a court challenge, to change Connecticut’s new law that requires all hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. The law has already been signed by Gov. Jodi Rell.
Catholic hospitals and officials are opposed to the new law because emergency contraception, used 72 hours after intercourse, could cause an abortion.

The archbishop reportedly spent over an hour in a meeting with the speaker of the house and the chairman of the human services committee yesterday. After the meeting, the archbishop said there is still a possibility for dialog about the Plan B law.

But Sen. Jonathan Harris of the Human Services Committee reportedly suggested that future talks would be futile.  "I don't think there's more that we can do, I wish we could but I don't think there is," he was quoted as saying by WTNH (Hartford, CT).

Harris had presented Church representatives with a compromise to the law prior to its passage. The compromise would allow a third person to dispense the Plan B pill as opposed to Catholic hospital staff. A similar compromise is in effect in New York and New Jersey.  But Archbishop Mansell has said this compromise is not acceptable.

The Archdiocese is considering the possibility of asking for the law to be changed through a technical adjustment, for which the deadline is June 6. If that route does not result in a change that accommodates Catholic values, then the Archbishop has said he will consider a court challenge of the new law.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea

Liturgical Calendar

December 20, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Judg 13: 2-7, 24-25A
Gospel:: Lk 1: 5-25

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27