The Catholic Diocese has issued a statement by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor (on the jump) asking people to fight a ruling by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that requires most private health care plans to cover sterilization and contraception. Though “religious employers” can opt out, the church believes the exemption does not go far enough, because Catholic hospitals would not be exempt.

In his statement, Taylor says, “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law,” which he says is a violation of First Amendment rights.

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Taylor’s is part of a nationwide Catholic protest. From the Diocesan news release:

The Catholic Church believes sterilization and contraception, some of which can cause abortions, are immoral because they sever the inherent link between sex and procreation and limit the spouses’ total gift of self to one another.

(It should be noted that for women who do want affordable access to birth control, the ruling is a blessing.)

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