Jay Sekulow

Faith & Justice


Jay Sekulow: Pro-Abortion Fingerprints on HHS Mandate

posted by Jay Sekulow

Here’s a shocker. In drafting the infamous contraceptive regulation, and the subsequent compromise, there was apparently little or no input from the pro-life community, but plenty of guidance from the pro-abortion crowd. Amazing.

As you know, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its mandate, requiring religious institutions, such as religious schools and hospitals, to include abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception in their insurance policies for employees. A so-called “accommodation” was then issued. The fact is both the mandate and compromise violate the deeply held religious beliefs of millions of Americans.

In testimony before a Congressional panel, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) questioned the Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who admitted that she never sought the input of Catholic Bishops, who opposed the mandate and the so-called “accommodation” announced days later.

“I did not speak to the Catholic bishops,” Sebelius said. But when pressed about whether other groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL and other pro-abortion groups participated in advance, Sebelius said she would “assume some of those groups were talked to.”

It’s worth watching this exchange by Sen. Hatch, a stalwart defender of religious freedom, and Sebelius, who admitted the measure was never reviewed or analyzed by attorneys at the Justice Department.

YouTube Preview Image

So, Sebelius assumes the pro-abortion groups were consulted in advance. It turns out that it’s more than just an assumption. LifeNews is reporting that a pro-life group has discovered that the committee that made the recommendation to the Obama Administration concerning the flawed mandate was dominated by pro-abortion organizations. Members of Planned Parenthood. NARAL. National Organization of Women.

Disappointing, but not surprising.

This revelation comes as testimony on Capitol Hill continued about this troubling measure that violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise of Religion Clause as well as the conscience rights of millions of Americans.

Dr. William Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts college in Gastonia, North Carolina, called the measure a “morally objectionable” mandate. As Dr. Thierfelder put it: “We’re not trying to enforce our beliefs on anybody . . . What we’re asking is that we’re not coerced into violating our beliefs.”

More than 65,000 Americans already have signed on to our petition to demand that this mandate and compromise be reversed. You can add your name now.

Jay Sekulow

 



Previous Posts

Jay Sekulow: Will the State Department finally speak out for Pastor Saeed Abedini?
Last Friday’s standing-room only hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission was among the most dramatic I’ve witnessed.  There was outrage – outrage not just from me as I declared the State Department “AWOL” in our quest to free an American Pastor, Saeed Abedini -- a U.S. citiz

posted 11:50:49am Mar. 19, 2013 | read full post »

Jay Sekulow: Help Us Tell the Story of American Pastor Saeed, Imprisoned in Iran
One of the most important things we can do is keep the story of Pastor Saeed Abedini in the spotlight. This U.S. citizen is facing eight years in a deadly Iranian prison, convicted for his Christian faith. We know that the situation he faces gets worse day by day. He remains cut-off from speaking

posted 3:30:16pm Feb. 06, 2013 | read full post »

Jay Sekulow: American Pastor Saeed Barred From His Trial in Iran
It's unlike any judicial system in the world. On Monday, American Pastor Saeed Abedini went to court in Iran with his attorney to address charges of attempting to undermine the Iranian government. The real problem: he converted from Islam to Christianity 13 years ago and started working with house-c

posted 11:13:19am Jan. 24, 2013 | read full post »

Jay Sekulow: American Pastor to Face Trial in Iranian Prison
An American Pastor is being held in Iran’s most notorious prison – Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen, has been told that he “will hang” because of his Christian faith. And, now the Iranian government has put this case on the fast track – and scheduled a trial that’s just days away. After s

posted 3:11:54pm Jan. 15, 2013 | read full post »

Jay Sekulow: HHS Fines for Challenging Mandate? Not So Fast
We are on the front lines when it comes to challenging the HHS mandate which requires employers to provide health insurance for employees that include paying for abortion-producing drugs - or face still penalties including significant fines. To date, we have secured injunctions – putting the ma

posted 11:47:06am Jan. 09, 2013 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.