The Obama Administration announced last Friday, just days before the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, that it will not change course on its decision to mandate contraceptive and abortion-drug coverage in virtually all private health insurance plans. Ignoring the requests of the U.S. Catholic bishops and numerous Catholic agencies to withdraw the mandate means that religious employers, including Catholic hospitals, universities and charity groups, will be forced to offer contraceptive drugs, including the abortion-inducing drug Ella, in employee health insurance plans.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) decried the announcement and vowed to fight the mandate. The Missouri Catholic Conference is asking its network members to contact their U.S. legislators to support the “Respect for Conscience Rights Act,” a bill that would remedy this unprecedented affront to religious liberty. See the MCC’s Action Alert on the issue here.