Washington (bp) -- southern baptist institutions and other objectors to the six-year-old abortion/contraception mandate are still working to protect their freedom of conscience on a number of fronts after the trump administration provided aid through a new rule. Though commonly called the contraceptive mandate, hhs's mandate also forces employers to sponsor and subsidize coverage of sterilizationand by including all drugs approved by the fda for use as contraceptives, the hhs mandate includes drugs that can induce abortion, such as ella, a close cousin of the abortion pill ru-486.
The independent women’s forum has released a new illustration of the high costs of the hhs abortion-inducing drug, sterilization, and contraception mandate making religious institutions choose. In may, president trump issued an “executive order promoting free speech and religious liberty” in which the president directed the secretaries of health and human services, labor and the treasury to consider amending existing regulations relative to obamacare’s preventive-care mandate in order to address conscience-based objections. When it issued the abortion/contraception mandate in august 2011, hhs provided an exemption for churches and their auxiliaries but did not extend it to non-church-related, nonprofit organizations that object hhs proposed nearly 10 accommodations for the objecting institutions, but none proved satisfactory to the organizations' conscience concerns.
The obama-era mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception through their health plans under threat of heavy penalties. The abortion/contraception mandate, a 2011 hhs rule that helped implement a controversial health-care law enacted the previous year, resulted in legal challenges from more than 90 religious nonprofits, including guidestone financial resources of the southern baptist convention and several baptist universities.
The executive order directed the departments of treasury, labor, and health and human services (hhs) to “consider issuing amended regulations, consistent with applicable law, to address conscience-based objections to the preventive-care mandate” the leaked interim final rule appears to be a measurable next step to the executive order.
This mandate, imposed on us and all americans by the obama administration, would force virtually every employer to include coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives in health insurance policies, despite the objecting employers' sincerely held religious beliefs. But the hhs mandate doesn’t stop with free contraceptives: it also requires employer health plans to provide free sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs more importantly, as described above, the american ideal of religious liberty is at stake this isn’t really about contraception—it’s about the first amendment. The mandate forces coverage of sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs and devices as well as contraception though commonly called the contraceptive mandate, hhs's mandate also forces employers to sponsor and subsidize coverage of sterilization.