I see a dangerous game of chicken being played out here. If the rule is rescinded, then the pro-choice movement will be politically weakened, and the ardently held right to “reproductive freedom” will start to show cracks.

On the other hand, if the rule holds, the Church must decide if it will continue to support its mission to serve the needs of all.

If the Church caves, then abortion “rights” are cemented into secular America’s fabric as never before.

If the Church holds to its beliefs, then institutions such as the University of St. Francis, Joliet Catholic Academy, Providence High School, Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, Our Lady of Angels Retirement Village, all face consequences that can only be imagined.

Imagine the worst.

~ Glenn Gummess, The Herald-News, February 13

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