The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is forcing virtually all employers to include contraceptives – including some that cause abortion – in their group health insurance plans. The HHS “Preventive Services Mandate” applies to many religious employers who believe that the use of some or all of these drugs and devices is immoral. As a result, the federal government is violating rights of conscience on a massive scale.
In 2010, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.” The Act requires group health plans to include certain preventive health services. The law gave HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) the power to determine what “preventive services” had to be covered. HRSA decided that plans would have to include “[a]ll Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.” The FDA has approved the sale and marketing of Plan B and ella as contraceptives, even though both can function as abortifacients. FULL POST