by Dr. D ~ February 4th, 2013
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This would seem to be good news but we will withhold our congrats until this new provision is fully vetted. Nevertheless it would seem that the Obama administration is now proposing to provide some kind of exemption for religious affiliated organizations when it comes to the HHS ‘contraceptive mandate.’ From CNN news:
The Obama administration proposed updated guidelines on Friday that would allow religious-affiliated organizations opposing contraception to opt out of a federal mandate requiring that they provide their employees with insurance coverage for birth control.
The draft rule would give women at non-profit, religious-based organizations, like certain hospitals and universities, the ability to receive contraception through separate health policies at no charge.
The compromise is consistent with last year’s announcement by President Barack Obama on the contraception mandate, administration officials said.
It also continues his administration’s attempts to resolve the contentious issue of how non-profit organizations can decline to provide contraception coverage to their employees on religious grounds without facing a penalty.
Response: The Obama administration is trying to find some kind of compromise that would avoid further challenges in court to their HHS contraceptives mandate. So far many of the court cases seem to be going against the administration on this issue and sources within the Supreme Court may have persuaded President Obama that it would be best to resolve this issue with some kind of acceptable compromise rather than face an embarrassing loss in the courts.
Looking at this newest proposal, the administration is not really backing away from making sure that woman receive free contraceptives. Now they are proposing to provide them for free through some other source without forcing religious organizations to pay for them through insurance or otherwise. Notice that this new proposal does not provide any out for Christian owned businesses. We will obviously follow up on this new development and any responses to it. *Top