The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, a member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, seconds the latter’s glee over the recent decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to run roughshod over religious liberty in the interest of contraceptive orthodoxy:

The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church applauds the ruling by the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) to ensure that all new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act include contraceptive coverage without patient cost-sharing, except in very narrow circumstances.

“This is a great day for women in the United States,” said Jim Winkler, GBCS chief executive. “This ruling ensures the availability of contraception for all women. It will result in millions having the services to be able to plan their families and prevent unplanned pregnancies regardless of the woman’s economic security.”

The HHS ruling means that hospitals, universities and other institutions affiliated with a particular faith group will not be allowed to deny their employees access to this critical preventive care.

“It’s important for women to make their own personal decisions about birth control rather than living by the dictates of their employers,” Winkler emphasized. “This act goes a long way in increasing the overall maternal health in the United States.”

Take note, United Methodists: your GBCS wants the government to be able to force you to support practices, and spend money to support practices, that are contrary to your faith. Any Christian, whether conservative or liberal, who does not believe that this decision, if allowed to stand, will not come back to eventually haunt us is living in a dream land. But then, we’ve known that about Jim Winkler for a long time.

(Via Opinionated Catholic.)