If the Obamacare mandate on contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs is not changed, on Jan. 1, 2014 Americans will have to subsidize those services even if it violates their religious faith, said Richard Doerflinger, the associate director of pro-life activities at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In addition, Doerflinger said all parents need to know that the Obamacare regulation also requires health insurance plans to cover “private counseling sessions with every woman and girl that is of child-bearing capacity”–typically starting at age 12 – “about this full range of sterilization, contraceptives, and abortifacient drugs,” and if parents oppose that, they need to tell the doctor that it “violates their parental rights.”
Doerflinger spoke with CNSNews.com at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Health and Human Services rule for the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, says that nearly all health insurance plans in the United States must provide contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs, such as “ella,” without co-pays.
Even if a person objects on moral or religious grounds and doesn’t personally use such products, they will be subsidizing them for others when they pay their health insurance premiums. The only exceptions are for strictly religious entities, such as a pastor, a priest, or a religious order.
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