ACLU Sues U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday over its partnership with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to fight human trafficking because the bishops conference does not provide emergency contraception and abortion with its funding.

I’m including this story on a blog post not to comment on it so much as to ask, “Why can’t we all just get along?” There is a constant tendency for like-minded interest groups to splinter apart because of differences. It’s a much more interesting phenomenon when groups put aside differences to focus on their goals. Abolishing slavery is such a goal.

The ACLU allege bishops are imposing their religious beliefs on trafficking victims by denying these services, thereby making the government’s involvement with the conference unconstitutional.

The bishop’s conference (USCCB) administers the Anti-Trafficking Per Capita Services Program for the Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. Through federal grant partnerships, the USCCB sub-contracts with local organizations to help refugees and victims of human trafficking to resettle in American cities and towns.

Per the program’s application kit, available on the USCCB Web site, subcontractors are required to aid victims in getting residency visas, affordable housing, employment, education, and legal counsel, if necessary. Sub-contractors also assist victims in reuniting their families, which are often broken up as a result of trafficking. The application does not mention providing abortion, emergency contraceptives, or condoms.

The ACLU claims that many victims of human trafficking, which includes sexual slavery, need abortion and other controversial services–which are denied them by the USCCB.

Read the whole article here at Cybercast Net Services.


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