July 17, 2012 in Letters, Opinion

Abortion drug mandated


When the Obama administration’s health care financing plan was signed into law, President Obama and Congress promised that funds under the new law would not cover abortions.

This has now been proved to be empty rhetoric.

Why? Because the Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that under the health care law, private health insurance plans must cover the “full range of FDA approved contraception,” in which category HHS explicitly included the abortion-inducing drug Ella.

This mandate includes a so-called religious employer exemption, yet the exemption is so narrowly defined that most religious organizations serving the public do not qualify. Even an expanded definition of “religious employer” would fail to protect nonreligiously affiliated organizations, individuals and even religiously affiliated health insurers whose pro-life consciences are nonetheless violated.

This is an unprecedented attack on the freedom of conscience of millions of Americans, eviscerating their freedom of choice to purchase private insurance that does not violate their ethical, moral or religious objections. I hope all readers will contact their elected representatives in Washington, D.C., and voice outrage over this anti-life mandate.

David Preston

Rosalia, Wash.

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