Thursday, January 24, 2013

Should We Pay the HHS Mandate Fines?

This is from paragraphs 22 and 23 of the Declaration on Procured Abortion:
It must in any case be clearly understood that whatever may be laid down by civil law in this matter, man can never obey a law which is in itself immoral, and such is the case of a law which would admit in principle the liceity of abortion. Nor can he take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it. Moreover, he may not collaborate in its application. It is, for instance, inadmissible that doctors or nurses should find themselves obliged to cooperate closely in abortions and have to choose between the law of God and their professional situation.
On the contrary, it is the task of law to pursue a reform of society and of conditions of life in all milieux, starting with the most deprived,...
Substitute abortion for any intrinsic evil, and the same point applies.

 This graphic succinctly sums up the position of the Church regarding the decree from the Department of Health and Human Services that apostolates, universities, and hospitals among other Church institutions will have to provide contraception, sterilizations, and abortifacient drugs in their insurance plans at no cost to the employee.
Thanks to St. Peter's List for the image
Now, I ask this question: If one must avoid compliance with an unjust law, does it follow that one can refuse to pay the financial penalty that results from an unjust law? I believe so, but I'm not sure how to articulate this. 

Clearly, there will be persecutions which involve punishments for those caught. But escaping prison and refusing to turn over church property are of a different variety than refusing to pay a fine. At least in this country, one gets brought to court for refusing to pay, and can at least temporarily protest; when the law gives prison time or takes away property, there is much less, at least from my view, that you can do to avoid it. Besides, I think attacks directed at individuals when brought forward, should be taken with delight, for it will bring the martyr's crown (Now don't go looking to be a martyr! But if it's there, it's there by the grace of God.). 

Refusing to pay the fine will also ensure this law will be further scrutinized by the courts, and it can be pointed out that institutions and individuals with specific objections to only parts of the law are being crippled to the tune of $1 million a day-I think there is some amount per employee that is calculated- for failure to comply with coverage for items that are always and everywhere morally objectionable while entire communities, such as the Amish, were exempted from every single portion of the Affordable Care Act. 

Just a thought. Any comments or posts in reply would be appreciated.

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