July 1, 2013

Obama Administration Ignores Outcries, Finalizes HHS Mandate Targeting Religious Freedom


Washington, DC –The Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its final rules late last week requiring employers and individuals to directly fund abortion-causing drugs, sterilization, and contraception. This mandate collides with religious freedom and the rights of conscience.

“The ObamaCare mandate requires nearly every religious organization and business owner to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs, despite the fact that this will violate their sincerely held religious beliefs,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

Liberty Counsel filed the first private suit against ObamaCare on behalf of Liberty University and two individuals on the first day ObamaCare was signed into law. Liberty Univ., Inc. v. Geithner challenges the individual mandate and the employer insurance mandate and argues that the employer mandate is beyond Congress’s authority and that both mandates violate the First Amendment Free Exercise Clause. The appeals court will issue a decision on our case soon.

“ObamaCare is far from a done deal,” said Staver. “The courts are just now beginning to respond to the many constitutional challenges, including the constitutionality of the employer mandate and also the free exercise of religion that applies both to individuals and to employers. ObamaCare is on a collision course with the sincerely held religious beliefs of many individuals and businesses.”

“ObamaCare is the biggest funding of abortion in history. It is an assault on human life, religious liberty, and conscience,” Staver concluded.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.




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