Go Back   SZONE.US Forums > Current Events > News > The Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation Since its founding in 1973, The Heritage Foundation has served as a research and educational institute -- a think tank -- whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense

The Heritage Foundation

Public Comments Overwhelmingly Oppose HHS Anti-Conscience Mandate

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread
Unread 05.03.12, 07:43 AM
@Heritage @Heritage is offline
Join Date: 06.09
Posts: 37,398
Public Comments Overwhelmingly Oppose HHS Anti-Conscience Mandate

On 05.03.12 05:00 AM posted by Lachlan Markay

Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

The federal website Regulations.gov released the first round of public comments on the administration’s proposed anti-conscience mandate on Wednesday. The comments were overwhelmingly opposed to the measure: out of 211 comments submitted, only six, less than 3%, offered support for the mandate.

The mandate would require all organizations that offer health insurance to facilitate coverage of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, even if such drugs violate those organizations’ religious or moral beliefs.

The vast majority of the comments submitted focus on the mandate’s violation of Americans’ right of conscience, while a few discuss the health hazards of the medical procedures the mandate covers, and some call for full Obamacare repeal.

“As a Democrat, I will vote Republican if religious freedom is not protected and respected,” said one commenter, who identified herself as Arlene from Colorado.

An anonymous commenter from Missouri insisted that the mandate constitutes “a religious freedoms issue, not a women’s issue.”

The Heritage Foundation produced a video on the anti-conscience mandate in February, which showed that government intrusions in the health care sector such as Obamacare inevitably trample on Americans’ rights. Religions liberty is simply “the first casualty,” explained Heritage’s Jennifer Marshall.

Of course the fundamental problem with the anti-conscience mandate is not just that it’s unpopular, but that it violates the law. The First Amendment protects Americans’ religious and moral freedoms, a fact that the Department of Health and Human Services does not appear to have taken into account in formulating the rule.

In fact, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently claimed ignorance of the “nuances of the constitutional balancing tests” that determine whether legislation is compliant with America’s most fundamental legal document.

Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:08 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2007 - 20017 SZONE.US All rights reserved