If you listen to only secular media, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate sounds like solely a contraception issue for the Catholic Church.
But there’s so much more to it, and Catholic media outlets have done a great job in covering the problems with this mandate. As someone involved in Catholic radio specifically, I’ve heard many programs with knowledgeable guests interviewed to explain the various aspects of the HHS Mandate.
Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo offers the headlines of the day and discussions from a Catholic perspective. Teresa and the rest of the crew at Ave Maria Radio do an excellent job keeping Catholics aware of the gravity of the situation.
Johnnette Benkovic and Fr. Edmund Sylvia on EWTN Radio’s Women of Grace also discuss the impact this mandate would have on religious freedom. They explain how the issue is not so much about contraception as it is about the government trying to force Catholics to violate their conscience.
And on Calling All Catholics, produced by the Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network, Fr. Leon Biernat from Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church in Lancaster, New York, discussed on a couple of occasions the HHS Mandate and how we can get involved in standing up against it. He also brought to light how the mandate not only includes coverage for contraceptives but also sterilization and abortifacients, which are not discussed as much in the secular media.
If there are people in your life whose daily fill of news comes only through secular outlets, there are countless resources you can share to help them understand the HHS Mandate more comprehensively and learn how it would affect our country’s religious freedom in the coming months and years.