(LifeSiteNews.com) –WASHINGTON, D.C., March 6, 2012,Â â€”The price of following your conscience is high â€“ especially if you resist the mandate to furnish your employees with reproductive products and services that violate your religious beliefs.
According to a report released by the Congressional Research Service,Â religious institutions that fail to provide abortifacient drugs to their employees could be fined $100 a day for each of its employees.
According to the memo, â€œThe Secretary [of HHS] may impose a civil monetary penalty on insurance insurers that fail to comply with the [health care reform lawâ€™s] requirements,â€ such as failing to provide contraception, sterilization, or abortion-inducing drugs. â€œThe maximum penalty imposed by the PHSA is $100 per day for each individual with respect to which such a failure occurs.â€
Such steep fees could bankrupt religious institutions that do not qualify for an exemption. The Catholic hospitals associated with the Catholic Health Association alone account for 530,673 full-time and 235,221 part-time employees. Collectively, those hospitals could face millions of dollars in fees each day.
The problem, however, is far from unique to the Roman Catholic Church.
Also from Life Site News: The 13 Catholic Senators who voted against allowing Catholic organizations conscience rights
The following is a list of how the 24 Catholic Senators voted on the Blunt amendment:
Senator Mark Begich (Alaska, D) – Opposed
Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska, R) – Supported
Senator Marco Rubio (Florida, R) – Supported
Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa, D) - Opposed
Senator James Risch (Idaho, R) – Supported
Senator Richard Durbin (Illinois, D) – Opposed
Senator Mary Landrieu (Louisiana, D) – Opposed
Senator David Vitter (Louisiana, R) – Supported
Senator John Kerry (Massachusetts, D) – Opposed
Senator Barbara Mikulski (Maryland, D) – Opposed
Senator Susan Collins (Maine, R) – Supported
Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri, D) – Opposed
Senator John Hoeven (North Dakota, R) – Supported
Senator Mike Johanns (Nebraska, R) – Supported
Senator Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire, R) – Supported
Senator Robert Menendez (New Jersey, D) – Opposed
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York, D) - Opposed
Senator Bob Casey Jr. (Pennsylvania, D) – Supported
Senator Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania, R) – Supported
Senator Jack Reed (Rhode Island, D) – Opposed
Senator Pat Leahy (Vermont, D) – Opposed
Senator Maria Cantwell (Washington, D) – Opposed
Senator Patty Murray (Washington, D) – Opposed
Senator Joe Manchin III (West Virginia, D) – Supported
â€œFaithful Catholics should take the opportunity to thank those Senators supporting our religious liberties,â€ added Smith. â€œIt is our duty as laity to hold those who did not support our values accountable and vote our conscience when the time comes.â€
The full Catholic Advocate Congressional Scorecard is available at scorecard.catholicadvocate.com.