ADF comment on HHS mandate ‘accommodation’


Friday, August 22, 2014

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor regarding the Obama administration’s announcement Friday regarding the Department of Health and Human Services’ abortion-pill mandate. The administration issued a new rule that alters the way faith-based non-profits can invoke a so-called “accommodation,” under which the beneficiaries of their insurance plans can access religiously objectionable drugs, devices, and counseling. The government also proposed a rule designed to provide a way for closely-held businesses to comply with the mandate through the same “accommodation.”

“The government should not force religious organizations, family businesses, or individuals to be complicit in providing abortion pills to their employees or students. We will consult with our clients to determine how the government’s actions affect their sincere objections to the mandate. Notably, the administration has failed to extend its existing religious exemption to the religious owners of family businesses and to religious non-profits other than churches. That would have been the best way of respecting freedom for everyone.”

  • Resource page: ADF lawsuits challenging the abortion-pill mandate

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