Archbishop Mansell to attempt final effort to change contraception law

.- 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?)

Featured Videos

A state without territory elects new government
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage

Liturgical Calendar

July 25, 2014

Saint James, Apostle

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 20:20-28


Daily Readings

First Reading:: 2 Cor 4: 7-15
Gospel:: Mt 20: 20-28

Saint of the Day

St. James »


Homily of the Day

Mt 20:20-28


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: