When the Obama administration's health care financing plan was signed into law, President Barack Obama and Congress promised that funds under the new law wouldn't cover abortions. This has proved to be empty rhetoric: The Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that under the health care law, private health insurance plans must cover the “full range of FDA approved contraception.” This includes the abortion-inducing drug Ella.
This mandate includes a so-called “religious employer exemption,” yet the exemption is so narrowly defined that most religious schools, colleges, hospitals and charitable organizations serving the public don't qualify. Even an expanded definition of “religious employer” would fail to protect most religiously and non-religiously affiliated organizations, and other individuals whose anti-abortion consciences would be nevertheless violated.
This is an unprecedented attack on the freedom of conscience of millions of Americans, denying them the freedom of choice to purchase private insurance that doesn't violate their ethical, moral or religious objections. We must make our voice heard by letting our government officials know how we feel. Our freedom is at stake.
Jeanne Meyer, Oklahoma City