Deadline for Public Comment on HHS Mandate is September 20
The Supreme Court ruled in May in the case of Zubik v Burwell that the federal government cannot impose its Contraceptive Mandate upon religious organizations and must accommodate the religious beliefs of the petitioners.
Rather than exempt both nonprofit and for profit religious organizations, as the government did for Pepsi Bottling Co., Exxon and Chevron, and the U.S. military, the Obama administration continues to drag its feet by asking for public comment not on ways to accommodate the petitioners, but on alternative ways.
The summary provided by the government exudes its bias and refusal to honor religious liberty in America:
This document is a request for information on whether there are alternative ways (other than those offered in current regulations) for eligible organizations that object to providing coverage for contraceptive services on religious grounds to obtain an accommodation, while still ensuring that women enrolled in the organizations’ health plans have access to seamless coverage of the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives without cost sharing. This information is being solicited in light of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Zubik v. Burwell, 136 S. Ct. 1557 (2016). The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) invite public comments via this request for information. — 81 Federal Register 47741
My first question is why wouldn’t the government use the ways offered in current regulations? Why are alternative ways necessary?
Please take a moment today and send your comments to the Obama administration and ask them to stop persecuting religious believers with these endless lawsuits and to start honoring and respecting the free exercise of religion—a bedrock principle of America.
- Visit Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s Information Center on the HHS Mandate
- Read Proposed Rule on Coverage for Contraceptives (Federal Register)
- Read Sample comments you could submit to the government (Priests for Life)
- Comment via Human Life Action (includes sample comment, which you can customize
- See 9 Mandate Rule Changes That Still Miss the Mark (Becket Fund)
- Read USCCB urges HHS to reach amicable resolution to Little Sisters of the Poor case
- Read The HHS Contraception Mandate vs the RFRA: Some closing observations (Ed Whelan, National Review, January 30, 2012)
- Read Supreme Court to Obama Administration: You don’t have to agree with religious beliefs to respect the liberty of the people who hold them and the groups they form (Ryan Anderson, Public Discourse, July 1, 2014)
Second Question of the Day
Why does the Obama administration think that fertile American women are such a public health crisis? Why does our federal government view healthy women as requiring a method for rendering their reproductive systems defunct, even at the increased risk of blood clots, stroke and heart attack, infertility, higher blood pressure, cervical and breast cancer, depression and anxiety, and so on?
- Buy Contraception: Cracking the Myths (Janet Smith)
This is an updated version of her talk Contraception: Why Not?
Contraception is not health care. Neither is abortion. These are tools of the culture of death, and they are tools deemed necessary by those who worship the god of sex and self-gratification. Contraception and abortion create a culture of use rather than a civilization of love. Women who want to contracept and the men who don’t love the women they want to contracept, need to buy the pills themselves. The idea that somehow access to contraception is something poor women need is a farce. Few women need oral contraception.
The government has no right to coerce anyone to participate in the immoral behavior of others. And, no, Donald, the pill should not be available over the counter.
God save America!