HHS mandate 'accommodation' for non-profits still inadequate

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor regarding the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate. The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued new rules that provide an additional way faith-based non-profits can invoke the so-called “accommodation.” Under the ‘accommodation,’ beneficiaries of the insurance plans can still access religiously objectionable drugs, devices, and counseling through their employer-provided health insurance. The government also recently proposed a rule making the same “accommodation” available to closely-held for-profit businesses that object to the mandate.  

“The government should not force organizations to violate their religious convictions by providing abortion pills to their employees or students. The administration has once again failed to extend its existing religious exemption to all organizations with sincere religious objections to the mandate. That would have been the best way of respecting freedom for everyone.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

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