The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts recently appealed to the Obama Administration to exempt religious institutions from being coerced into providing health insurance plans which do not respect the dignity of human life.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is attempting to force institutions such as Thomas More College to offer health insurance covering sterilization and contraceptives, including some that cause abortion. The government mandate specifically states that one of its objectives is to “ensure that collegiate women have access to ‘contraception,’ abortifacients, sterilization and the like.”
“As a Catholic institution, Thomas More College simply will not compromise the dignity of human life,” said Dr. Fahey, President of Thomas More College. “To do so would go against what is at the very core of the College, namely, a firm commitment to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church which cherishes human life as a priceless gift from God not to be treated as something disposable.”
“This government mandate could not be more directly contradictory to the position of Thomas More College on the moral question of contraceptives,” added Fahey. “The mandate promotes contraceptives as essential to the welfare of young people. Thomas More College views contraceptives in the same category as abortion and other crimes against life. The objective of the mandate is abominable and moreover, it leaves no room for religious freedom, which is in violation of our first and fourteenth amendment rights.”
The appeal was organized by The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, a division of The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS). The voice of Thomas More College was joined by several Catholic higher education groups, seventeen colleges, and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Curry, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education.
The joint appeal requested a “blanket, non-discretionary” exemption from the mandate for any person or institution who objects to it for any religious or moral reason.
Founded in 1978, Thomas More College is a four-year undergraduate program that pledges full fidelity to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, especially the fundamental moral principle of life.
The College energetically encourages its students to take part in pro-life activities. Each winter dozens of students from Thomas More College make the ten-hour trek to the nation’s capital to the March for Life. The College also takes part in the Boston Walk for Life on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The students of Thomas More College do not stop at just two events a year, many make it a weekly commitment to pray and witness at the abortion site in nearby Manchester, New Hampshire.
Recent alumnus Teddy Sifert, who worked at a school serving handicapped children, recalled, “At Thomas More College, pro-life activities were the parapet upon which we could see reality all around us. All the gifts given to us by God depend on the most basic right to life.”
Even as he took part in the academic search for Truth, Sifert wondered, “How can we claim to pursue truth when the worst falsehood in human history is taking place right in our own neighborhoods? Abortion has killed more people than all the plagues, famines, genocides, and wars combined.”
“I’ve noticed that while many graduates from big universities float through life on ever-changing feelings, my classmates chose different careers, grounded in truth and virtue,” Sifert said.
Every four years, presidential candidates make their way through New Hampshire, seeking venues where they can garner support. In its 30 year history, Thomas More College has welcomed a wide variety of such candidates—but only those who stand with the Church in defense of innocent life.
The College’s recent appeal to the federal government asking them to revise a mandate that forces institutions to violate natural law is one more example of Thomas More College’s long history of defending life.