February 1, 2013
Washington, D.C., Feb. 1, 2013 -- The Heritage Foundation posted initial comments on today’s announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services of another revision to the HHS mandate requiring employers – regardless of deeply held religious beliefs – to cover abortion drugs, contraceptives and sterilization as part of Obamacare.
In a blog post Sarah Torre, research assistant in Heritage’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, writes:
In short, only the precious few employers who are deemed religious enough by the Obama Administration would be afforded true protection of their religious freedom and ability to live and act according to their beliefs.
This HHS “notice of proposed rulemaking” does not change the coercive mandate that is currently forcing countless employers to provide and pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization in their employee health plans—regardless of moral or religious objection.
Instead, HHS feigns to extend protection of religious freedom by proposing a slight expansion to an offensively narrow religious exemption and providing a so-called “accommodation” to certain qualifying non-profit religious groups.