Obama Admin. Pushes Forward with Abortion Pill & Contraception Mandate


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ABSTRACTObama Admin. Pushes Forward with Abortion Pill & Contraception Mandate | The Weekly Standard Wednesday, April 4, 2012 Login Register About FAQs Subscribers Only Contact RSS Loading Advanced Search home magazine April 9 - April 16, 2012 Vol. 017, No. 29 ( Download Digital Edition ) Editorial Forward, March! Undoing Obamacare A Lose-Lose Case Beware ‘Flexibility’ Ryan vs. Dempsey Features The Book That Drove Them Crazy Candidates in Orbit Articles Only in New York UNESCO Funny Business High Culture’s Paladin Obamacare for the Financial Industry Animal Desires Nuclear Utopianism Books & Arts Guilty Man Hee Hee=MC2 Leo the Great Night Vision The Alphabet Blues Slaughterhouse One Scrapbook Inside the Liberal Bubble Casual Laggard Parody But those jeans give me so much flexibility . . . blog video politics & government Foreign policy & national security books, arts & society cruise store newsletter subscribe You are here: Blog / Obama Admin. Pushes Forward with Abortion Pill & Contraception Mandate Hot Topics: 2012 Elections Congress Foreign policy Iran Mitt Romney Newt Gingrich Rick Santorum Syria The Blog Obama Admin. Pushes Forward with Abortion Pill & Contraception Mandate 10:35 AM, Mar 18, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts Alerts Hide Get alerts when there is a new article that might interest you. Send me alerts for: Bill Kristol Fred Barnes Jay Cost Your e-mail address: Confirm e-mail address:   Please sign me up for The Weekly Standard weekly newsletter.   The Weekly Standard reserves the right to use your email for internal use only. Occasionally, we may send you special offers or communications from carefully selected advertisers we believe may be of benefit to our subscribers. Click the box to be included in these third party offers. We respect your privacy and will never rent or sell your email. Please include me in third party offers.       On Friday afternoon, the Obama administration released an  Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking  to announce it was proceeding as planned with its new federal mandate that abortion pills , sterilization procedures, and contraception must be provided without co-pays under virtually all health care plans. The mandate will force almost all employer-provided health care plans, including those purchased by employers and employees who object on moral or religious grounds to paying for these services, to pay for abortifacients, contraception, and sterilizations by August 2012. The mandate will force religious institutions--such as charities, universities, and hospitals--to provide these services by August 2013. As Cardinal Timothy Dolan said when the Obama administration announced the rule in January, "In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences." The so-called "accommodation" announced by President Obama in February--that insurers of religious institutions, not the institutions themselves, would foot the bill--was a  gimmick that changed nothing of moral substance . As Grace-Marie Turner writes , Friday's announcement shows that the "administration clearly is not backing down from its original plan": Related Stories ‘No Precedent for the Government Ordering Private ... Less Liberty, Higher Costs President Obama, Fair Weather Friend of the Court On the Left, the Obamacare Debate Continues Obamacare on Trial: The Individual Mandate More by John McCormack Wisconsin Gubernatorial Recall Election Set for June 5 Ryan Budget Passes House Confirmed: A Vote for the LaTourette-Cooper Plan Is a ... Will Moderate House Republicans Vote to Protect ... A Rocky—But Successful—Road for the Ryan Budget ... Virtually all private health plans nationwide still will be required to provide their employees with access to sterilization, contraception, and drugs that cause abortion. All women will have to have access to the mandated services at no charge, even if they work for a religious organization such as a Catholic hospital, university or charity whose teachings are violated by the directive. Private employers who are not religious organizations are given short shrift and clearly have no hope of being able to exercise their own right of conscience if they do not want to pay for the morally-offensive services. The Obama administration also struggles to explain how its "accommodation" will apply to self-insured institutions--in which the employer and the insurer are the same entity. The administration proposes that "a third-.......