Last week the Obama Administration issued a set of rules and regulations it said would alleviate concerns Christians and others have about the mandate that employers–including many religious employers–pay for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs under the new healthcare law. The new rules, however, change little.
The Alliance Defending Freedom issued a statement, saying, “The administration must immediately abandon the idea that it has the power to withhold or dispense our fundamental freedoms to whomever it chooses. The mandate is losing in court. The only acceptable solution is for the administration to obey the Constitution and its legal duty to protect religious freedom.”
Family Research Council also released a statement, saying,
“The compromise, HHS promised, would alleviate the concerns of organizations like Catholic Charities, hospitals, or colleges who are forced to provide life-destroying drugs against their will–or pay the price. Turns out, the ‘new’ HHS guidelines are virtually identical to the old ones, with a very slight change in how the accounting is done for pills or procedures that faith-based groups object to.”