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ABSTRACTThe Iona Institute | 21 Feb 12 Protestant leaders join battle against Obama insurance proposal The Iona Institute ~ for Religion and Society Press Press Press Press Press News Blog Press Links and Resources Donate media eLetter Links Share rss Most Recent General News Thirty thousand child protection cases a year in Ireland Hospital acknowledges right of nurse not to perform abortions Doctor fired after sending a prayer to colleagues RTE and bishops at odds over education story Catholicism remains religion of ninety percent of Irish nationals More News Articles Most Recent Blog Items New book shows liberals stereotype conservatives more than vice versa Irish Times can’t decide whether family is changing or staying the same The self-serving myths of the sex revolution Another example of media double standards How divorce damages, as told by ‘Don Draper’ More Iona Blog Articles Iona Noticeboard Denominational schools in a pluralist Ireland Mar 15 Renewing the Church: A talk by George Weigel Dec 13 Marriage and the Common Good Oct 25 The New Anti-Catholicism: why it's fashionable, why it's gone too far September 29, 2011 Women, home and work: Towards a policy that’s fair to all families 28th May 2011 More Iona Events Text size a | A Homepage News Articles list News on 21st February 2012 News Protestant leaders join battle against Obama insurance proposal Author: Admin Date: 21st February 2012 More than 2,500 Protestant leaders have signed a letter opposing the Obama Administration’s controversial mandate forcing religious institutions to cover abortifacients, sterilisations and contraception in their insurance plans. The letter , published by the Family Research Council (FRC), a pro-family, pro-religion think tank calls the mandate “a severe blow to our religious liberty” and accuses the Administration of ignoring “the conscience rights of many Catholic and Protestant Americans”. The letter says: “Our country was founded on certain freedoms, the first of which is the freedom of religion. The ability of a religious person to follow their conscience without fearing government intervention has long been a protected right for Americans. It is unfathomable to picture a country that would deny religious freedoms.” Speaking at a news conference at which the letter was released, Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land said, "This is about conscience, not contraception. And it's about religious freedom. "The Obama administration is trying to run roughshod over the consciences" of Catholics, evangelicals and others, said Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Lifesitenews reports. Southern Baptist leaders have joined the leadership of the Catholic Church, other Protestant bodies and some Jewish organizations in expressing opposition to the rule since the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Jan. 20 that health plans must cover contraceptives and sterilizations as preventive services for employees. The mandate requires coverage of contraceptives, as defined by the Food and Drug Administration, that can cause abortions, such as "ella;" emergency contraception, such as Plan B; and the intrauterine device (IUD). Those methods all have mechanisms that can prevent tiny embryos from implanting in the uterine wall. In the case of "ella," it also can block production of the hormone progesterone, destroying the placenta that provides nutrition to the embryo and causing the unborn child's death after implantation. Opponents of the rule especially have protested its failure to provide an adequate religious or conscience exemption. Like Land, FRC President Tony Perkins told reporters the issue is religious liberty. "We will not tolerate any denomination having their religious freedom infringed upon by the government of the United States. If there ever was a sepa.......