President Obama Carries on Birth Control Fight With Little Sisters of the Poor and Other Religious Groups

(PHOTO: REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING) U.S. President Barack Obama announces Director of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell (R) as his nominee to replace outgoing U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (not seen), during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, April 11, 2014. At left is U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING)
U.S. President Barack Obama announces Director of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell (R) as his nominee to replace outgoing U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (not seen), during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, April 11, 2014. At left is U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden.

Conservative organizations remain concerned about the religious liberty implications of the Department of Health and Human Services’ birth control mandate following the release of the mandate final rules.

The Family Research Council, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C., denounced the final rules immediately following their release last Friday.

FRC Legislative Assistant Jamie Dangers stated that the HHS “is offering a variation of an old accounting gimmick which still mandates that the Little Sisters of the Poor, Notre Dame, and many other religious non-profits offer coverage with objectionable benefits.”

“Instead of requiring them to sign and send a form to their insurer stating their objections, they must now either send the form or notify HHS itself of their moral objections,” continued Dangers.

“It’s small comfort to know that the government mandates a violation of a religious entity’s moral beliefs, and then offers to carry out the violation.”

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, an organization that has overseen dozens of lawsuits against the HHS mandate before the final rules were released, likewise opposed the implementation of the final rules.

Becket Fund Legal Counsel Adèle Auxier Keim said in a statement that the Obama Administration “keeps digging the hole deeper.”

“Just last week the Supreme Court ordered HHS not to enforce the exact rules they finalized today. But the government still won’t give up on its quest to force nuns and other religious employers to distribute contraceptives,” stated Keim.

“Especially after the Supreme Court’s recent King v. Burwell decision allowed the government to expand its healthcare exchanges, there is no reason at all the government needs religious employers to help it distribute these products.”

 

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski

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