Catholic Bishops: Administration Persists With ‘Unjust and Unlawful Mandate’

Joe Biden, Pope Francis

Joe Biden, Pope Francis

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed comments with the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday stating that the regulation that HHS issued under Obamacare that requires most health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs continues to be an “unjust and unlawful mandate” despite the “accommodations” that the administration proposed last month.

The bishops reiterated their position that “the mandate should rescinded.”

“In short,” said the bishops’ comments, “the Administration continues to propose: (a) un unjust and unlawful mandate; (b) no exemption or ‘accommodation’ at all for most stakeholders in the health insurance process, such as individual employees and for-profit employers; (c) an unreasonably and unlawfully narrow exemption for some nonprofit religious organizations, mostly houses of worship; and (d) an ‘accommodation’ that still requires bona fide religious employers that fall outside the narrow government definition of ‘religious employer’ to fund or facilitate the objectionable coverage.”

“The current proposal, like previous ones, would mandate coverage of abortifacient drugs, contraceptives, sterilization procedures for women, and related education and counseling in health plans,” said the comments.

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