It still undermines religious freedom


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ABSTRACT HHS MANDATE/ It still undermines religious freedom Welcome   |   Login   |   Sign Up   | RSS Make This your Homepage   |   advanced research   SEARCH   Culture & Religion MILANO | ROMA | LAVORO | TRASPORTI E MOBILITA | ENERGIA E AMBIENTE | EMMECIQUADRO | L'ASSAGGIO DI MASSOBRIO ENGLISH AUTORI | INTERVISTATI Home Arts & Media Culture Economics Education From the World Politics Science Welfare & Subsidiarity Culture & Religion Tweet HHS MANDATE/ It still undermines religious freedom Richard Garnett February Fri 17, 2012 Painting depicting Charity Related Articles HHS MANDATE/ Unacceptable HHS MANDATE/ The true rights of women and men HHS MANDATE/ Happy Valentine’s Day from the Catholic Church! CONSCIENCE PROTECTION/ The Church's right to govern itself at stake read the Features The HHS Mandate debate The Obama administration has announced and adopted a rule that will require most religious institutions — including hospitals, schools, colleges, and social-services agencies — to pay for health insurance that covers abortion-causing drugs, sterilization procedures, and contraceptives. This requirement is bad policy, and it imposes a serious and unnecessary burden on these institutions' religious commitments, witness, and mission. And the "compromise" that the president announced last Friday did not and will not cure these defects. According to the president, the administration plans — at some point, later on — to modify slightly the form, but not the substance, of the mandate. Under the promised new version, it is supposedly the insurance companies, instead of employers with religious objections, that will pay for employees' abortion-causing drugs and contraceptives. But, of course, even the president cannot make these items free. Someone will foot the bill and, in the end, it is not going to be the insurance company. The announced-but-deferred changes to the mandate do not, unfortunately, represent a true "Road to Damascus" moment for the administration on the importance of religious liberty or the valuable role that distinctively faith-based institutions play in our society. Instead, the administration's promise of future accommodations for some religious objectors is best understood as a crafty — and, it must be said, cynical — electio.......