Washington D.C., Mar 1, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The American Life League (ALL) issued on Monday an urgent statement calling on bishops to oppose yesterday’s California Supreme Court decision that would force Catholic Charities to provide contraception to its employees.
In a 6-1 decision, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Roman Catholic charity must offer birth-control coverage to its employees even though the Church considers contraception a sin.
“Today's ruling is an outrageous affront to all people of faith and a clear violation of the free exercise of religion,” the ALL statement says.
“It seems that the state of California is intent on convincing the world that up is down, that wrong is right. It seeks to recognize rights where they don't exist, while usurping the constitutional right of Catholic Californians to the free exercise of religion,” it adds.