The U.S. bishops are objecting to a Health and Human Services mandate that will force private insurance plans to cover abortions and sterilizations, with an exemption for religions so narrow that not even Jesus would qualify.
In a statement to the HHS today, Anthony Picarello, USCCB general counsel, and Michael Moses, associate general counsel, called the mandate an "unprecedented attack on religious liberty."
The mandate would force private insurance plans to cover contraception -- including abortifacients -- and sterilization.
And the narrow "religious employer" exception provides "no protection at all for individuals or insurers with a moral or religious objection to contraceptives or sterilization," instead covering only "a very small subset of religious employers," the bishops' representatives declared.
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Posted September 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm
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