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ABSTRACTObama Administration Offers False “Compromise” on Abortion-Drug Mandate | Becket Fund The Becket Fund FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY “…no persons will be more deserving of celebration than the truly great lawyers of the Becket Fund and its courageous President, the silver-tongued Seamus Hasson.” – Professor Mary Ann Glendon Who We Are Our Mission Our Staff Top Ten Victories in Becket Fund History Our History Our Founder The Canterbury Medal Dinner U.S. Litigation Our Cases Who We Defend Where We Work What We Impact Supreme Court Briefs International Casework Issues Conferences The Legal Training Institute Congressional Capitol Hill Luncheon Briefing Series Congressional Hearings Blog Media Center Contact Us Videos Press Releases Support Us Our Supporters Make a Donation Today Tickets to our Annual Dinner Contact Us Contact Us Media Inquiries Employment Internships Directions and Parking Posted under News , Side Bar Featured Posts Obama Administration Offers False “Compromise” on Abortion-Drug Mandate Numerous religious organizations still forced to violate their conscience For Immediate Release: February 10, 2012 Facing a political firestorm, President Obama today announced his intent to make changes to a controversial rule that would require religious institutions, in violation of their conscience, to pay for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs. But this “compromise” is an exercise in obfuscation, not a good faith effort to solve the problem. Thousands of churches, religious organizations, businesses, individuals, and others will still be forced to violate their religious beliefs. For example, the fake compromise will not help the Becket Fund’s clients Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, Colorado Christian University, and Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), a Catholic media organization. They will still be forced to pay for insurance that provides contraceptive coverage. The White House’s claim that “the insurance companies will pay for it” is silly. For-profit insurance companies aren’t going to donate contraceptives and abortion drugs to employees; the employer will pay for it one way or the other. More fundamentally, the Becket Fund’s clients still face the same chilling dilemma they did yesterday: choosing between helping their employees buy immoral abortion drugs or paying huge fines. “This is a false ‘compromise’ designed to protect the President’s re-election chances, not to protect the right of conscience,” says Hannah Smith, Senior Legal Counsel for The Becket Fund. “No one should be fooled by what amounts to an accounting gimmick. Religious employers will still have to violate their religious convictions or pay heavy annual fines to the IRS.” According to a White House “fact sheet,” some religious employers will no longer be required to provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing drugs; coverage for those services will instead be provided for free directly by insurance companies. This d.......