The regulations have other problems as well. The Heritage Foundation has pointed out that contraceptive coverage is not "free" at all, "it merely shifts all rather than some of their cost to other plan members," an unwelcome burden especially when individuals are required to participate in a particular plan. In addition, the regulations mark an escalation in "government micromanagement of health care," a situation that will result in "higher premiums and fewer coverage choices for all Americans."
Perhaps most disconcerting, the HHS mandate makes only a small nod to conscience concerns. The regulations grant a limited religious exemption, which allows an opt-out only for organizations whose purpose is the "inculcation of religious values" and which primarily serve and hire people of the same faith. Individuals and faith-based groups that serve broader purposes will have no choice but to sponsor or buy into insurance policies that include coverage for procedures that violate their religious beliefs.
Take "emergency contraception," for example. The new mandate lumps coverage of drugs like ella, which prevents a newly conceived embryo from implanting in the uterus, in with other contraceptives. Your premiums and mine will make that treatment possible, for thousands of women, whether we like it or not, even though many of us believe that ella destroys new human life.
How to Save Your Family: Insist on Conscience Protection
Regardless of your own position on the morality of contraceptives, take a stand in support of conscience protection for individuals and groups that do have moral concerns about contraceptives, including emergency contraception.
Contact your Congressional Representative, urging him or her to vote for the bi-partisan legislation proposed by Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Dan Boren (D-OK), called the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011. This legislation offers a necessary check on the Obama Administration’s continuing efforts to override the conscience rights of believers, especially on matters related to sexuality and reproduction.
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