US Catholic bishops mount two week national anticontraception campaign

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 19 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4225
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a “fortnight for freedom” campaign to demonstrate its opposition to the federal government’s requirement that health insurance policies include coverage for contraception from 1 August.

The bishops’ campaign begins on 21 June and ends on 4 July, when the US celebrates its biggest national holiday, Independence Day. There will be a nationally televised mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

The bishops sent out a nationwide bulletin, an insert that parishes can use in their newsletters. It quotes Martin Luther King, who wrote, “I would agree with St Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all’ . . . A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out …

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