So how did we get to this point anyway? The problem is that the federal health care reform law that Congress was not explicit in protecting rights of conscience and religious liberties.
Furthermore, the law, formally called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ceded too much authority to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For example, the law authorized HHS to develop a list of what items would be considered “preventive services.”
Planned Parenthood and their allies then lobbied HHS to include contraceptives, sterilization procedures and abortion drugs as “preventive services.” According to these “reproductive rights” advocates birth control pills are like vaccines that prevent a disease. In addition, they denied any contraceptive could induce abortion, which is simply not true.
The Obama “compromise” on the HHS mandate – regardless of whether it turns out to be ethically acceptable – is only a stop-gap response to the concern. What really needs to happen is that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act needs to be fully revised to protect rights of conscience and religious liberty. That is why it remains critical that Congress pass S.1467 (sponsored by Senator Blunt), and H.R. 1179, which is co-sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin, Rep. Sam Graves, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Billy Long and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer.