The Obama administration announced January 20 that under its 2010 ObamaCare medical legislation employers will be compelled to cover birth control for women free of charge, including controversial contraceptive drugs which can induce abortion early in a woman’s pregnancy. The administration rejected an appeal from religious organizations, led by the Catholic Church, for an exemption on insurance provided to employees of religious institutions such as hospitals, colleges, and charities.
Under the ruling, most health insurance covered by employers will be required to include free access to all contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including such “emergency contraception” as Plan B, RU-486, Ella, and other “morning after” drugs which can induce abortion in women who take them very early in their pregnancies.
The White House made the announcement about the ruling through Kathleen Sebelius (pictured), Secretary of Health and Human Services, who insisted that the decision “was made after very careful consideration, including the important concerns some have raised about religious liberty.” She expressed her belief that the mandate “strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services.”
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