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  • Commentary posted September 18, 2014 by Sarah Torre Watering Down Religious Freedom to ‘Freedom to Worship’

    The right to live, work and worship according to one’s faith is a freedom foundational to the United States. Many of the first settlers, having faced religious persecution in England, sought a place where they could freely worship and live according to their conscience without interference from the government. The Founders were clear, and the Bill of Rights makes it…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2014 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Sarah Torre RFRA Worked the Way It Was Supposed To in Hobby Lobby

    Today an important religious- liberty law did what it was supposed to do. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) provided the Supreme Court with a mechanism for weighing competing claims in our pluralistic society. The Court determined that we can, in fact, balance seemingly conflicting interests without throwing out religious…

  • Commentary posted June 19, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Sarah Torre Bear Witness to the Truth about Unborn Human Life

    While it is a self-evident truth that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life, what is self-evident in the technical philosophical sense is not always readily assented to, or immediately obvious. In many ways this is the story of debates throughout American history, and it is true today in the…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2014 by Sarah Torre Everything You Need to Know About the Fight for Religious Freedom at the Supreme Court

    Today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases challenging a coercive Obamacare rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that forces employers to provide coverage of potentially life-ending drugs and devices — regardless of religious objection. Two families, the Greens and the Hahns, will be at the high court seeking to preserve their…

  • Legal Memorandum posted February 13, 2014 by Elizabeth Slattery, Sarah Torre Obamacare Anti-Conscience Mandate at the Supreme Court

    In February 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized guidelines requiring employers to pay for coverage of contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs and granted a narrow exemption for certain religious employers. Many employers believe that complying with this mandate would violate the tenets of their faith, but failure to…

  • Backgrounder posted January 15, 2014 by Sarah Torre, Ryan T. Anderson Adoption, Foster Care, and Conscience Protection

    Foster care and adoption policy should put the best interests of children first. In any given year, hundreds of thousands of children spend time in the U.S. foster care system, a quarter of them seeking adoption into a loving family. Yet many of these children bounce from home to home, never adopted, and enter adult life without any family ties. Public policy therefore…

  • Backgrounder posted January 13, 2014 by Sarah Torre Obamacare’s Many Loopholes: Forcing Individuals and Taxpayers to Fund Elective Abortion Coverage

    Obamacare requires that, as of January 1, 2014, all individuals obtain qualified health insurance through their employer, on an exchange, or elsewhere. Consequently, millions of Americans have been looking to purchase health plans through state and federally run health insurance exchanges. In order to avoid a hefty fine, individuals must purchase a plan that satisfies…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2013 by Sarah Torre Freedom 32, Obamacare 6

    The problems with Affordable Care Act seem endless. Now the unpopular health-care law is headed back to the Supreme Court, this time over one of the law’s many onerous mandates restricting choice and trampling fundamental freedoms. The court recently agreed to review the requirement that forces employers to provide coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and devices or…

  • Issue Brief posted November 21, 2013 by Sarah Torre Obamacare’s Potential New Funding Streams for Abortion Providers

    Taxpayer funding streams from Obamacare and mandates on insurers could provide increased funding and coverage for abortion providers. Through grants awarded for promotional efforts and new coverage requirements on insurers providing qualified plans, the health care law could benefit Planned Parenthood and other providers of elective abortion. The coercive,…

  • Issue Brief posted November 21, 2013 by Sarah Torre Obamacare’s Abortion Surcharge and Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Coverage

    Obamacare will entangle taxpayer funds in abortion coverage offered on state and federal exchanges and could force many Americans to unwittingly pay a surcharge for elective abortion. This system could potentially place many Americans in an unwanted and unnecessary dilemma, forced to choose between violating their values by directly subsidizing abortion coverage or…

  • Commentary posted October 18, 2013 by Sarah Torre Conscience Gets Lost in Obamacare Maze

    Obamacare was billed as an affordable, easy system of obtaining health insurance, where Americans could simply pick health plans that best fit their family’s needs. But the resulting health care law, characterized by rising costs and onerous government mandates, is looking more and more like a maze that’s maddeningly difficult to traverse. So complex is the system that…

  • Commentary posted July 2, 2013 by Sarah Torre Charade Continues with Obamacare’s HHS Mandate

    In the Obama administration’s latest Friday info-dump, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released its final rule outlining a so-called accommodation for its coercive Obamacare mandate. Like the administration’s multiple previous attempts to “fix” the mandate, this final rule doesn’t provide any workable or adequate solutions to the mandate’s…

  • Commentary posted April 22, 2013 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Sarah Torre A Troubling but Eye-Opening Murder Trial

    Melissa Ohden went through an abortion and lived to tell about it. That might not sound noteworthy in an era when more than 3,000 women a day have an abortion. But Melissa was the baby, not the mother. In 1977, at approximately seven months gestation, Melissa was the target of a saline infusion abortion. She wasn’t supposed to survive. She did. Now a married mother…

  • Heritage in Focus: How the HHS Mandate Revision Doesn't Stack Up Audio Recorded on February 11, 2013 Heritage in Focus: How the HHS Mandate Revision Doesn't Stack Up

    Research Associate Sarah Torre discusses how the new HHS Mandate revisions don't quite stack up to what the President promised in terms of becoming more acceptable to religious groups and others who have moral objections to it on Heritage in Focus. Jackie Anderson hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes.…

  • Heritage in Focus: 40 Years of Abortion Audio Recorded on January 24, 2013 Heritage in Focus: 40 Years of Abortion

    Research Associate Sarah Torre joins Heritage in Focus to discuss the 40th year of legal abortion in the United States under one of the most hotly-contested Supreme Court cases in U.S. history - Roe v. Wade - how both sides of the aisle have evolved over the past four decades, and how taxpayers have witnessed shrinking wallets due to the multi-billion dollar abortion…