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Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?


AAPLOG

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Date:
2/16/2012

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ABSTRACTProlife OBGYNS – AAPLOG – American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians & Gynecologists » Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience? Prolife OBGYNS – AAPLOG – American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians & Gynecologists Página en Español Site Search Search Hippocratic Registry Membership Media Contact Free E-Books Downloads Home About Us Find a Physician Get Involved Positions/Papers News Home > American Issues > Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience? Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience? The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), will hold a hearing entitled, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” on Thursday, February 16th at 9:30AM in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. AAPLOG has submitted a position statement to this committee on its members behalf, as follows: The American Association of ProLife Obstetricians and Gynecologists objects to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that contraceptives, emergency contraception, and sterilization be provided for all women without cost. This mandate fundamentally violates the conscience and First Amendment rights of many individuals, institutions and health plans that seek to provide medical services in accord with their own beliefs, and prioritize medical treatments according to their own values. In particular, religious institutions, individuals and health plans should be free to provide care according to their convictions. The mandate restricts the ability to regulate insurance reimbursement for services to the very narrow category of “religious employers,” rather than acknowledging the basic right of all people to acquire health care in accordance with their beliefs. All physicians, clinics, hospitals and associations must retain the ability to provide and reimburse for services without coercion of this sort. And all individuals should have the right to receive.......