Obama Administration Backs Off on Controversial HHS Mandates for Catholic Institutions
The Obama Administration backed down for their controversial HHS mandates that force Catholic hospitals and institutions to pay for birth control and abortions.
Private sector companies like Hobby Lobby, however, will still be forced to forced to cover the services for their employees.
Via Happening Now:
LifeNews has more on today’s announcement.
The Obama administration released new HHS mandate rules today that attempt to expand the number of religious groups that can opt out of the pro-abortion mandate — but that leaves religiously-run companies like Hobby Lobby out in the cold. Pro-life advocates oppose the mandate because it forces religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
Thanks to a number of decisions in court related to lawsuits filed against the mandate by dozens of religious businesses and organizations, the Obama administration is under court order to revise the mandate. But the proposed changes don’t protect everyone who wants to opt out.
Although the proposed revisions provide some additional protections for religiously-affiliated organizations, companies owned and operated by people with religious objections to the mandate are not included in the expanded exemption rules.
UPDATE: Hobby Lobby released a statement this afternoon on today’s news.
More… The Republican Study Committee called today’s compromise an affront to the Constitution.