An unnecessary fight came to an end in November, after a federal appeals court gave EWTN Global Catholic Network, which I lead, a final victory in our seven-year fight against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate. Left unchallenged, the mandate would have required us to use our employee health care plan to provide services such as the week-after pill in violation of our religious beliefs.
EWTN was founded by a nun, Mother Angelica, out of her monastery garage. Today, millions of faithful Catholic viewers turn to us because they know they can trust us to align our programming and operations with the Catholic Church’s teaching. We’re Catholic through and through.
But seven years ago, we had to go to court to defend our right to be who we are. Under the Affordable Care Act, the administration insisted that employers cover a wide range of contraceptives, including the week-after pill, in their employee health care plans.
Catholic teaching on contraception and abortion is no secret, so it should have come as no surprise that we rejected the mandate.
But despite a huge outcry from people of faith, including EWTN, the federal bureaucracy’s response was to grant a stingy exemption that would only cover churches and religious orders, leaving out religious ministries like the Little Sisters of the Poor — and EWTN.