‘6 things everyone should know about the HHS mandate’
February 07, 2012
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released a statement that offers “clarifications regarding the Health and Human Services regulations on mandatory coverage of contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.”
The USCCB discusses how
- “The mandate does not exempt Catholic charities, schools, universities, or hospitals”
- “The mandate forces these institutions and others, against their conscience, to pay for things they consider immoral”
- “The mandate forces coverage of sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs and devices as well as contraception”
- “Catholics of all political persuasions are unified in their opposition to the mandate”
- “Many other religious and secular people and groups have spoken out strongly against the mandate”
- “The federal mandate is much stricter than existing state mandates”
In discussing the last point, for example, the USCCB notes:
HHS chose the narrowest state-level religious exemption as the model for its own.That exemption was drafted by the ACLU and exists in only 3 states (New York, California, Oregon).Even without a religious exemption, religious employers can already avoid the contraceptive mandates in 28 states by self-insuring their prescription drug coverage, dropping that coverage altogether, or opting for regulation under a federal law (ERISA) that pre-empts state law.The HHS mandate closes off all these avenues of relief.
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!