HHS mandate: The more things change, the more they stay the same

Pro-life and other religious groups are blasting the so-called "compromise" that the administration has proposed on the contraceptive mandate. As Heritage blog points out, it changes nothing: The document is not even final. It is merely an update to the Obama Administration's "advance notice of proposed rulemaking," further sketching out its accommodation first released last March. Even if today's suggestions were adopted into law, the narrow exemption would cover only formal houses of worship and their integrated auxiliaries. It would fail to encompass many employers-and certainly all individuals-with moral or religious objections to complying with the mandate. The latest proposal fails to protect businesses such as Tyndale House, the nation's largest Bible publisher; or Hercules Industries, a family-owned and operated HVAC company; or Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts retailer-all of which seek to operate according to deeply held religious and moral beliefs. In fact, the...(Read Full Post)