SBA List Blasts So-Called HHS Mandate Policy “Update”
Dannenfelser: Only complete repeal is acceptable
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser slammed the policy “updates” announced today to President Obama’s HHS abortion-drug mandate.
“Once again, President Obama’s so-called ‘compromise’ is unacceptable – religious and moral freedom is not up for negotiation,” said Dannenfelser. “There must be no religious ‘test’ by the government as to who, and what type of entities, are entitled to a conscience. We demand respect for non-religious entities such as the Susan B. Anthony List that recognize the taking of human life is the antithesis of health care. Government policy under our constitution, history and statutory law has recognized the right of citizens to be free from government compulsion of conscience on such fundamental matters. The only acceptable outcome is the complete repeal of the HHS mandate and the restoration of a thriving marketplace where Americans can choose health care coverage consistent with their beliefs.”
Last June, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and Charlotte Lozier Institute President Chuck Donovan submitted a joint comment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services condemning the Preventative Services Mandate because of its impact on groups with pro-life convictions based on civil and ethical concerns and not just religious doctrine. “Conscience is not the preserve of religious institutions but the birthright and legacy of every citizen,” Donovan said.
As the Affordable Care Act is implemented, some former Members of Congress are publicly lamenting their vote for it, which cost them their job during the 2010 midterm elections. Both former Representatives Bart Stupak and Kathy Dahlkemper have decried the fact that with the HHS Mandate, President Obama violated the abortion funding “compromise” they thought they had secured. It is time to revisit the 2009 law and resolve this matter once and for all.
The Susan B. Anthony List, and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.