by: Alliance Defending Freedom | www.adflegal.org
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor regarding a new rule that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Trump administration plans to issue that will expand religious protections in the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate. That mandate forces many employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies if the mandate’s requirements aren’t met.
“Americans should always have the freedom to peacefully operate according to their beliefs without fear of severe penalties by the government. The proposed HHS regulation regarding the Obamacare abortion-pill mandate would, if made final, protect conscientiously objecting employers from having to choose between paying crippling fines or providing morally objectionable abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, or contraception. The government has put forward a common-sense solution that ensures that Americans won’t be forced to violate their deepest convictions while maintaining multiple ways for people to obtain the drugs in question if they want them. We commend President Trump and his administration for taking quick action to demonstrate their resolve to make religious liberty a first priority.”
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.