US: employers no longer obliged to pay for their employees’ “birth control”

President Trump signs the Executive Order on Promoting FreeUnder President Trump, sanity and justice seem to slowly return into US politics.

Following up on a pledge by President Trump made during his election campaign, federal officials have drafted a provision contained in former President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” (aka “Obamacare”) that required employers to provide so-called “birth control” coverage in health insurance plans. The provision, which cynically defined contraception (including some methods that objectively must be qualified as chemical abortion) as part of “health care” and thus obliged employers to pay for (some of) their employee’s questionable lifestyle choices, was one of the most controversial in Obama administration policies adopted under the Affordable Care Act, and it generated scores of lawsuits by employers that had conscientious objections to it. Continue reading

US House endorses bill to replace controversial “Obamacare”

obamacareWith 217-213 votes the House passed a health care bill on Thursday that would repeal and replace major parts of fomer US President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act”. While there is broad consensus in the US on the objective of making health care more affordable, Obamacare was highly controversial because it used “health care” as a pretext for promoting abortion and contraception, making it an obligation for employers, including even faith-based institutions whose professed ethics prohibit such abominations, to finance both.

Today’s vote is an important step forward towards the restoration of liberty of conscience, and a severe blow to the abortion industry. However, the bill still needs to pass a vote in the Senate.

Pope’s interference with the Order of Malta raises questions regarding his loyalty to Church doctrine on sexual ethics

Last Saturday the Sovereign Council of the Order of Malta has elected Frà Giacomo della Torre as Lieutenant ad interim for a period of one year, to replace former Grand Master Frà Matthew Festing who, despite having been elected for life time, stepped down in obedience to a request put to him personally by Pope Francis. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that this will resolve the current disputes within the ancient and noble Catholic order, which is to be considered the world’s oldest and most prestigious NGO. Instead, the crisis of the Maltese Order is increasingly transformed into a crisis of the Catholic Church as a whole, raising doubts regarding both the legality of, and the motivations behind, Pope Francis’s interference with what originally were the Order’s internal affairs. Continue reading

The Zika virus and the contraceptive pill

aedes_aegypti_cdc-gathanyNews are going round that Pope Francis, in one of his by now notorious of-the-cuff interviews on the airplane bringing him back from Mexico to Rome, has “allowed the faithful to use the contraceptive pill in order to avoid the conception of children that might carry the Zika Virus. The virus is believed to cause severe malformations of the fetus.

Whoever reads the transcript of the interview will discover that the Pope has not said this. Continue reading

Contraceptive hormones in drinking water: fertility catastrophe in the making?

While media and politicians keep brainwashing us that the use of medical contraceptives is “an intimate choice” that belongs to a person’s “private life”, evidence  is emerging that in fact it has serious consequences for society at large. Indeed, it seems that whoever considers this to be a “private” matter would have to say the same of all other forms of polluting the environment.

A recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that birth-control hormones excreted by women, flushed into waterways and eventually into drinking water can also impact fish fertility up to three generations after exposure — raising questions about their effects on humans, who are consuming the drugs without even knowing it in each glass of water they drink. Continue reading