The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “failure to sincerely address the abuses of its anti-American, anti-life, coercive mandate is reprehensible,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (10-21-14) – To hold the Obama Administration accountable for its anti-life policies in Obamacare regulations, Americans United for Life filed an official comment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and called on AUL’s nationwide grassroots network to also comment on anti-life policies that trample on American’s First Amendment Conscience Rights. “HHS cannot claim ignorance regarding these serious concerns and anti-life policies,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Numerous times pro-life advocates, including AUL, have urged HHS and the Institute of Medicine to respect life and First Amendment conscience rights in developing the guidelines. Instead, abortion and anti-life policies pervade the mandate.”
In its official comment filed today (available here), AUL called HHS to exempt all religious and moral objectors from its coercive Obamacare mandate in accordance with state and federal laws and the U.S. Supreme Court’s clear directive in the Hobby Lobby decision. The AUL comment also extensively documents that including life-ending drugs and devices, deceptively labeled as “contraception,” goes against the stated intent of the preventive services provision of the Affordable Care Act. Rather than focusing on women’s health, an ideologically driven recommendation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) intertwined anti-life polices in Obamacare, under the influences of the pro-abortion advocates who made up the committee. The AUL comment demands that HHS remove life-ending drugs and devices, such as the abortion inducing drug ella, from the mandate.
“HHS’ failure to sincerely address the abuses of its anti-American, anti-life, coercive mandate is reprehensible,” said Dr. Yoest.
“All Americans with religious or moral objections must be exempted from the mandate and drugs and devices with known life-ending mechanisms of action must be removed from the list of required coverage.”
Since 2010, Americans United for Life and the pro-life majority it represents nationwide have submitted thousands of comments about the importance of protecting the First Amendment conscience rights of Americans as well as urging respect for life in healthcare. Americans United for Life has filed amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs in 20 cases on behalf of national medical organizations demonstrating that the life of a new human being begins at fertilization (conception), that so-called ‘emergency contraception’ has a post-fertilization effect that can result in the end of his or her young life, and that forcing employers to provide coverage for such drugs violates their constitutionally protected freedom of conscience.
While the Obama Administration has tinkered with the regulations, nothing has changed. The so-called “accommodation” operates with the same failures after the recent, interim final rule issued in August 2014. HHS makes it explicitly clear that it will force the religious employer’s insurance issuer to include the objected-to items and services. The inappropriate and coercive impact on the plan paid and arranged for by the religious employer remains the same.
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