Focus on the Family: Providing Birth Control “Violates Religious Faith”

On January 20, 2012, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that most employers will be required to cover contraception in their health plans, along with other preventive services, with no cost-sharing such as co-pays or deductibles.

Houses of worship and other religious nonprofits that primarily employ and serve people of the same faith will be exempt. Religiously-affiliated employers who do not qualify for the exemption and are not currently offering contraceptive coverage may apply for transitional relief for a one-year period to give them time to determine how to comply with the rule. Twenty-eight states already require employers, including most religiously affiliated institutions, to cover contraception in their health plans. The only change is that now they must cover the full cost.

However, CitizenLink.com, the political/news arm of Focus on the Family, spokeswoman Carrie Gordon Earll claimed this ruling will “force religious employers to violate their faith” even though there is no actual bible verse that forbids contraception. Earll also said that the plan would cover “FDA drugs that can cause abortions,” but failed to name exactly which drugs do this.

Earll then claimed that “this is one of the first times, that I can think of, that government was mandating what people of faith can and can’t do in their own entities, in their own organizations as far as their faith.”

Earll apparently believes that “faith” can cover any belief whatsoever, regardless of lack of biblical basis, no matter how illogical, as long as an organization says so.

(Source: Focus on the Family and ThinkProgress.org)

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