Legal Memorandum posted February 13, 2014
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
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
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…
Issue Brief posted November 21, 2013
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.
Issue Brief posted November 21, 2013
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…
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.
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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…
Issue Brief posted March 27, 2012
Obamacare’s Fine on Faith: Trampling on Religious Liberty
The recent Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate for preventive services under President Obama’s health care law is an unprecedented assault on religious liberty. The mandate forces many religious employers to either contradict their faith by providing and paying for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization in violation of their deeply held beliefs or…