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ALERT: Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Ruling NOT About Contraception

The New York Times and many others are contributing to the false notion that the recent Supreme Court decision, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc allows businesses to ban birthheadscratcher control. In the spirit of truth, the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby is about abortion-causing drugs and devices NOT contraception. To quote page two of the court’s official opinion, “The owners of the businesses have religious objections to abortion, and according to their religious beliefs the four contraceptive methods at issue are abortifacients. If the owners comply with the HHS mandate, they believe they will be facilitating abortions, and if they do not comply they will pay a very heavy price . . . If these consequences do not amount to a substantial burden, it is hard to see what would.” You can read the high court’s opinion in full here.

Hobby Lobby did not say that providing no cost contraception to employees was against their religious convictions. They said providing abortion-causing drugs and devices violate them. Of the 20 FDA approved contraceptives they have no problem with 16 of them because they have not been proven to end the life of a child. It is important to note that the court recognized along with Health and Human Services that the four ‘contraceptives’ in question in fact can and do end the life of an embryo. The court states on page 32, “They [the business owners] therefore object on religious grounds to providing health insurance that covers methods of birth control that, as HHS acknowledges may result in the destruction of an embryo.” Since the owners of Hobby Lobby have a deeply held religious conviction that all human life is valuable and begins at conception they only had a problem with those drugs (e.g. Plan B, Ella) and devices (e.g. IUDs) that end a newly ‘conceived’ life.

Again, this case is not about businesses blocking birth control it is about ham handed bureaucracy forcing companies to violate their deeply held convictions just so a government can implement a political abortion agenda. For expert interpretations see responses by Princeton Law professor Robert George and the Director of the Center for Law and Religious Freedom at the Christian Legal Society, Kim Colby.

A Brief Pause Before Uncorking the Champagne
For all the hoopla out there on the pro-life side touting this decision as a great victory we should be cautious. It should be noted that this decision is monumental if not only for the fact that this is the first time in the history of the abortion problem that it has been directly connected to individual religious liberty. That is, the moral cost of access to health insurance is to pay for everybody’s abortion. To that point there are several sobering factors to consider in this decision before we celebrate the ‘victory.’

  1. The first point to consider before champagne is the 5-4 decision. This was an issue of freedom of religion my friends. The question as to whether or not a person, acting as an We the peopleindividual or as a corporation, can live out their religious beliefs in the public square was narrowly upheld. That is to say it was refuted by four Supreme Court Justices! Remind me again why this country was founded? So let’s say one of the five majority justices retires and is replaced by a justice who sides with the minority…at that moment when one’s religion becomes a public matter at odds with official government policy it comes with criminal penalties (er…taxes).
  2. A second point that we ought to consider to temper our enthusiasm is the sad fact that holding as true a fact confirmed by empirical science could be considered a religious belief if it does not support the secular government position. ‘Human life begins at conception’ is now considered a religious belief simply because it aligns with the Christian worldview, embryology and human genetics notwithstanding. It would be understandable for the court to site as religious the belief that all humans are made in the image of God and therefore ought to enjoy protection under the law at every stage of development from conception to nature death, hence abortion is bad But that was not the point of religious belief the court considered. It happens to be terribly inconvenient to the abortion agenda that science sides with the pro-lifers on this point. And the court, complicit with that agenda per Roe vs Wade, already ruled that a pre-born child is not a person deserving of protection under the law. So now they are stuck with the Solomon-like act of slicing the baby called science between two would be religions, theirs called secularism or Christianity. So does this mean that embryologists who recognize the new organism with human DNA created at fertilization are religious zealots?
  3. The third point is that the abortion industry has gotten not only the government (including Health and Human Services [HHS] and the Supreme Court), but the media, and 1237682_untitledeven many pro-life advocates to call certain types of abortion ‘contraception.’ The word ‘contraception’ is intended to define the use of methods that block conception which apparently in all other species but human takes place at fertilization. The abortion industry prefers to talk about when ‘pregnancy begins’ (they say it is at the time the embryo implants in the uterine wall) while the pro-life population prefers to talk about when the life of a separate and distinct human being starts (fertilization of the egg by the sperm). If contraception is supposed to mean the prevention of pregnancy and a pregnancy is not said to begin until the newly formed life is firmly implanted in the uterine lining (an arbitrary and convenience definition by the way) then drugs and devices that make it impossible for the embryo to implant are benignly called ‘contraceptives.’ If on the other hand life begins at fertilization, as embryology tells us, then that’s when pregnancy begins and those same drugs cannot be considered anything but abortifacients.
  4. A fourth cooling effect the decision should have on us is that it represents a ruling on a detail of an unethical, wrongheaded law (PPACA, aka Obamacare). This amounts to a sub-ruling serving only to further cement what ought to otherwise be repealed. Obamacare represents the takeover of the profession of medicine inserting itself in the place of the patient in the doctor/patient relationship. Now the government decides what ‘good health’ is for you, a member of a population that they manage, rather than you and your doctor. So, since the government has identified a population block called ‘women of child bearing age’ they have mandated that abortion-causing, carcinogenic drugs are good for all women. Individual health care no longer matters despite the rhetoric. It’s the population objective that counts as determined by non-elected rule-makers at the HHS. The same ones who wrote the contraceptive mandates at issue here. Simply Orwellian.

Obamacare, Abortion, and Your Choices

Obamacare creates a moral crisis for America and every Christian, not only forcing us to pay for the destruction of the most vulnerable human life, but making it illegal or difficult not to do so. Everyone will fall into one of the five decisions categories below either intentionally or unintentionally. CompassCare is committed to helping you make an informed and ethical health insurance decision. By January 1st, 2014 we all must choose between the following:

  1. Choose a plan through a state exchange where your premiums will directly pay for abortion. 
  2. Enroll in a plan in the traditional insurance market via your employer which will also likely pay for abortion or abortion-causing contraception.
  3. Become a ‘conscientious objector’ by opting out and not purchasing health insurance at all and pay financial penalties14 to the IRS, up to 2.5% of family income or $2,085 (whichever is greater) by year 2016 (‘Rendering unto Caesar…’ Mark 12:17).
  4.  Engage in ‘civil disobedience’ opting out AND refusing to pay the fine (‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you…’ Acts 4:19). However, since the Supreme Court ruled the individual mandate constitutional, legal defense would be challenging.

Opt out and join a Christian cost-sharing community such as MediShare or Samaritan Ministries, membership in which would exempt you from any penalties.15

At the Heart of the Government Shutdown; Obamacare and Abortion

Jim HardenYou and I are being forced to make a choice. Obamacare brazenly mandates that all U.S. citizens purchase health insurance that directly pays for abortion and abortion-causing ‘birth control,’ or face stiff financial penalties. This violates the religious beliefs and moral convictions of millions of Americans. Curiously, Planned Parenthood (PP), the nation’s largest abortion provider, had a hand in developing these mandates and has been hired by the Federal Government to enroll members in the new State health care exchanges beginning October 1st. However, Obamacare is experiencing massive resistance and is currently in flux. The Senate is deliberating whether to delay funding for Obamacare till January 2015. If they vote to pass the Blackburn Amendment then the deadline for compliance will be postponed for one year. 

Twenty-three states have passed measures barring the use of health insurance premiums to directly fund surgical abortion, but there remain several problems even in those states:

  1. Most insurance companies do not have ‘pro-life’ plans.   Cuomo on Reproductive Health Act
  2. Since most plans cover abortion and due to the long-standing Hyde Amendment forbidding federal funding of abortion, an ‘abortion surcharge’ of at least $1 per month will be deducted from each employee paycheck under section 1303 of Obamacare.  
  3. All federally subsidized plans available in all 50 States will include abortion and abortion-causing contraception which will be paid for by tax dollars. 
  4. Every plan, including those that do not cover surgical abortion, treats abortion-causing ‘birth control’ as a separate issue from abortion. Even if you are fortunate enough to find and enroll in a plan that does not cover surgical abortion, it will cover abortion-causing contraception without co-pay or deductible. These ‘contraceptive’ methods include the Pill, IUDs, the morning after pill (Plan B), and the week after pill (Ella) – which are all proven to create inhospitable uterine environments making it difficult for the fertilized egg to implant in the uterine lining thereby ending a pregnancy (i.e. abortion). This does not even address the extreme cancer-causing nature of these drugs (see National Institute of Health Report and World Health Organization Report).

CompassCare’s policy on contraception stands in stark contrast to Planned Parenthood’s and the prevailing conventional wisdom. Given the government takeover of American medicine via Obamacare and the fact that forced contraception coverage creates a massive violation of religious liberty, we thought it timely to discuss CompassCare’s position. CompassCare educates all patients on all forms of contraception and how they work. However, CompassCare never provides or refers for contraception.

So why doesn’t CompassCare refer for or provide contraception, aside from the obvious carcinogenic and abortifacient nature of a majority of the methods? Doesn’t it reduce non-marital pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STD)? The simple answer is, “No.” Why? Because of a sociological phenomenon called “risk compensation.” Dr. Jokin de Irala, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Navarre in Madrid, Spain, defines risk compensation as people increasing “risk-taking behaviors if they perceive themselves to be at less risk due to a technological preventive measure. The benefits of an intervention can be offset by this increase in risk taking” (video minute 12:30). Dr. de Irala goes on to site examples such as sunscreen use and increased skin cancer; seat belts and increased reckless driving. In regards to sexual activity, if students are told that condom use will protect them from pregnancy and STDs, they will likely increase the number of sexual partners and the frequency of sexual contact, thereby offsetting the potentially protective effects of the technology. Therefore pregnancy and STD rates go up with ‘safe sex’ campaigns because of increased risk-taking behaviors. It’s also important to note that condoms have been proven ineffective at avoiding HPV, Herpes, and Chlamydia (New England Journal of Medicine June 22, 2006 Vol 354, No 25 shows 100% condom use equals 38% HPV infection rate). 

According to the Guttmacher Institute 54% of all abortions were given to women who became pregnant during the same month they were using a contraceptive method. The percentage of unmarried births skyrocketed from 18% in 1980 to 41% by 2010, and STD rates are at epidemic levels despite the massive amounts of resources pouring into ‘safe sex’ education. Studies have demonstrated that the introduction of contraception has actually increased the incidence of pregnancy and STD rates as seen in Britain, the U.S., and other places, while rates decline dramatically when abstinence or fidelity is promoted as in Uganda.

Ignoring the facts, Obamacare and Planned Parenthood are committed to providing free, easily accessible abortion-causing ‘contraception’ under the guise of women’s health. Now they want you and me to pay for it through our health insurance premiums or face fines. You and I are being forced to make a choice.

Contraception, Obamacare, and Cuomo

While different forms of contraception have been used throughout history and in many different cultures, the term “birth control” was coined in America in the early 1900s by Margaret Sanger, foundress of the  the American Birth Control League (ABCL). “We who advocate Birth Control…lay all our emphasis upon stopping not only the reproduction of the unfit but upon stopping all reproduction…” –Margaret Sanger, “Birth Control and Racial Betterment” (Birth Control Review, Feb 1919, pg 11). The ABCL changed its name in 1939 to the Birth Control Federation of America and in 1942 changed it again to Planned Parenthood Federation, perhaps to disassociate themselves with the revelations of moral travesties committed by Nazi Eugenics policies .

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger and many others in the 1920s and 30s promoted a “Malthusian” philosophy of population control, first introduced by economist Thomas Malthuse. Malthusians embraced the idea that humanity was quickly approaching a size which the earth could no longer sustain. Therefore birth control (among other more heinous practices such as forced sterilization and abortion) was deemed an appropriate solution.

The flawed concept of overpopulation in conjunction with Darwinian social engineering for a ‘cleaner race’ conspired to produce a political agenda that promoted the mass application of birth control and the undermining of the family unit. The early targets for efforts to slow the growth of the population were the “unfit” and “undesirables.” These were defined by Malthusians as immigrants, the poor, indigents, minorities, the ‘feebleminded,’ and went on to include violent criminals and girls who had lost their virginity.   

The roots of birth control in this country have a decidedly anti-family, anti-Christian origin. Margaret Sanger once said, “Birth control…is calculated to undermine the authority of Christian Churches. I look forward to seeing humanity free someday of the tyranny of Christianity . . . .”

Fast Forward . . .

Obamacare was deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court in 2011 and forces all individuals to carry health insurance coverage or be penalized. Obamacare mandates that all health insurance coverage include birth control and abortifacient contraceptives. This means that Christians and others who oppose the draconian worldview that gave rise to birth control and abortion in America will be forced to fund it, or suffer penalties via the Internal Revenue Service. In response to the overwhelming tide of First Amendment Violation lawsuits, the Obama administration provided a small window of accommodation set to expire January 1st, 2014 so that those who had moral objections could change their apparently flawed views and comply with the law as it is written. Americans United for Life in a recent analysis stated, “The Obamacare mandate forces countless family businesses, religious organizations, and other non-profits into a terrible set of choices:

1)       Violate deeply held belief by complying with the mandate

2)       Resist the mandate and face federal fines of up to $100 per employee per day

3)       Drop health insurance altogether, harming employees, and pay a roughly $2000 annual fine per employee for doing so (Obamacare clarification video).

Then Andrew Cuomo this past legislative session attempted to pass a bill called the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) that would have enshrined contraception and abortion as fundamental rights. The scary thing about a right is its eventual corollary, duty. This bill would have reduced the standard of care for women permitting non-doctors to perform surgical procedures as well as create an environment where not referring for contraception and abortion could be grounds for discrimination lawsuits. The bill was narrowly defeated thanks to your support.

Obamacare and Cuomo’s RHA have this in common: the promotion of Margaret Sanger’s ideology, which is both anti-family and anti-Christian, by making it illegal to practice a worldview that runs counter their own in your healthcare choices. This ideology undermines the family unit through the promotion of “sex without responsibility” and also subjugates future generations to the tyranny of immediate gratification. Sanger’s fundamental philosophy is still, sadly, very much alive today.

NY to Deregulate Abortionists; Destroy Pregnancy Centers

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it,” said British statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke. Similarly, those in who fail to fight the machinations of NY politicians will be doomed to their designs at the Federal level; especially when it comes to abortion and Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC).

Black Population ExtinctionCorning, New York is home to infamous Margaret Sanger, proponent of the destruction of certain races and classes of people and founder of Planned Parenthood. One way she thought to accomplish her agenda was by what she called, “Birth Control.” The African American Community in NY now meets the criteria for an endangered species. On July 1st 1970 New York legalized abortion on demand. On July 2nd, one day later, the first free standing abortion clinic opened in the Rochester/Syracuse region.  

In 2010 New York City (NYC), the abortion capital of the U.S., voted to pass a city ordinance restricting the advertising capability of pregnancy centers. At a hearing regarding that ordinance I urged that ‘the vote on this proposed NYC amendment be tabled indefinitely until such a time as a more thorough review of women’s reproductive health service standards can be done so that a more equitable and constitutionally sound alternative can be developed,’ (For my full testimony click here). However, the ordinance passed, an injunction was rendered and we await an appellate decision as to whether or not the ordinance violates the 1st amendment rights of Pregnancy Centers.

Now New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, with close ties to the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), just served a subpoena investigating pro-life pregnancy centers in NYC claiming misleading advertising. Is it a coincidence that just a few days before a NY State Senate bill was introduced in May 2013 that mirrors the NYC ordinance, U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney of NYC re-introduced her Federal bill to restrict pregnancy center advertising nationwide the very next week? All this just as NY Governor, Andrew Cuomo, vows to introduce his abortion expansion bill making abortion and contraception fundamental human rights thereby paving the way for discrimination lawsuits filed against pregnancy centers and pro-life doctors.

ericschaffNew York has hundreds of abortionists who are not held accountable to current Health Department regulations similar to the debacle with Gosnell just a few short miles to the South. One abortionist who researched the abortion pill RU-486 in Rochester, NY was the Medical Director responsible for a Planned Parenthood office in Wilmington, DA that was closed for what staff RNs called, “meat-market style abortions.”

Instead of investigating to increase standards of care for women in an obviously corrupt abortion industry, NY politicians are seeking to pass legislation reducing the already low bar set for abortionists by insulating them from malpractice in cases of botched abortions as well as permitting non-doctors to perform surgical abortion. Ironically all this is perpetrated under the banner of ‘Women’s Equality.’ The provisions in Cuomo’s heinous abortion expansion bill are summarized here.

There is a legislative cancer in NY State government which, if we are not careful, will spread to the Federal government endangering Good Samaritan pro-life doctors and Pregnancy Centers. It must be stopped in NY or it will continue to metastasize. Please continue raising awareness of this unjust state of affairs. Use social media and the resources available here, write letters to the editor, contact your legislator, preach, pray, volunteer, give money.  Governor Cuomo has until the end of the legislative session, June 20th, to get what he wants. Let’s keep pushing for what’s right, together!

Cuomo’s Abortion Expansion Bill Hi-Jacks Parental Rights

Parental Rights

Parental Rights

Andrew Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill is not just about women’s health, it’s about government intrusion on parental rights. If the reproductive health act deems access to contraception and abortion fundamental human rights it immediately places parental rights at odds with the state.

In order to access contraception and abortion one must go through the medical profession. For a minor to access the medical profession, they must go through their parents. This is the case because the immaturity of the child often prevents them from perceiving what is best for them. The parent is responsible for the life and health of their child. Therefore the parent is always involved in decisions which relate to their health and well-being. Making contraception and abortion a fundamental human right overrides the ability of the parent to manage and monitor the health and well-being of the child.

As of right now, New York State requires parental consent for something as minor as a body piercing or tattoos. In fact, even with parental consent, a minor under 17 cannot use a tanning bed at all. Under Cuomo’s radical abortion bill, a minor will be able to get a surgical procedure and carcinogenic drugs without parents even knowing. Does it make any sense for a child to be able to access life-altering medical treatments but not be able to get an artificial tan?

Why would a state government want to assume parental responsibilities for something as important as the reproductive health of the next generation? Why would any self-respecting physician even consider treating a minor without parental involvement?  Most New York voters are in favor of parental notification laws. What special kind of arrogance is it that would permit a legislature to change the tradition of medicine and intrude on the responsibility of moms and dads?

Stand Up. Contact your representative—tell them to oppose Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill bundled with the Women’s Equality Act. Visit the Legislative Action Center at AlbanyUpdate.com.

Speak Out. Get in the conversation of Facebook and twitter with New Yorkers for Life, and take the message to your network by joining CompassCare’s social media team. Email us at rha@compasscare.info.

Buy In. Donate to CompassCare’s lifesaving work at www.compasscare.info/donate.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Finishing 2012 Well

CompassCare’s 2012 was the most effective year yet, while America’s was arguably one of the worst. There is a certain emotional torment when torn by the honor of working with such a noble team of passionate, godly people at CompassCare while living in a country that calls evil good and good evil. The following are my personal reflections as I have observed both America’s moral trajectory as well as the Church’s response to it. If you find yourself becoming depressed read on it gets better. If you come to the end and find yourself depressed, read it again. So here goes:

Abortion is a symptom of a deep cultural problem that further deepened in 2012.  It was a year characterized by a secular attack on the traditional family through the redefinition of marriage to include same sex couples as well as an attempt to usurp parental rights through a barely defeated UN Treaty (Convention on the Rights of Children with Disabilities). It was a year that endured an onslaught against religious liberty via Obamacare which now permits the government to define what qualifies as a religious institution. In fact 2012 was the year that suffered the largest expansion of abortion access since Roe vs. Wade, by making you and I pay for abortion-causing contraception directly through our healthcare premiums. To top it off the Executive administration behind all the anti-Christian, anti-government-by-the-people havoc was given another four years by the narrowest of margins with only 26 States and 50.7% of the popular vote.

These past few weeks I have met with over 30 Pastors of some of the most influential churches in the Rochester, NY area. Inevitably we talk about Obamacare and religious liberty infringements imposed on people of conviction as well as the November election. Invariably they say they were not surprised by the outcome of the election and the Church’s lackluster response thus far to the Obamacare mandates forcing individual’s to pay for abortion-causing contraception. I have asked them two questions: 1) What do you think of the general spiritual condition of the Church in America? and 2) Are we prepared for the future?

Their answers reflect a stunning consensus. Before their answers are revealed, it is important to note these pastors virtually never communicate with each other and are godly men from very different traditions. In response to question number one I heard candid statements like, “The Church in America never really embraced Christianity,” and “Christians in America think of themselves as American first and Christian second,” and “The American Church has an Alka-Seltzer Jesus who we go to only to relieve our petty discomforts.” Strong words to be sure. But what about their answer to the second question, ‘Is the Church prepared for the future?’ Answer: A resounding, ‘No!’

Let me be clear, none of these pastors were despondent. Quite the contrary, they were full of sincere hope when they gave these dire descriptions. So when probed deeper about the nature of what’s in store for the Church that makes us unequal to the task, the solution to our collective weakness was simultaneously revealed: We are not fit for the coming hardship because we are unaccustomed to suffering for our beliefs. After all, this is America and it is no coincidence that a nation founded on religious liberty also became history’s most prosperous country. So what made us great as a nation perhaps made us weak as a Church. “And how do we return to faithful fitness for so great a task as real sacrifice?” I would ask. “Through persecution, Jim. The church will be forced to make a choice to either suffer for the gospel or give in. But the faithful will remain and God will be glorified.”

In Paul’s second letter to his son in the faith Timothy he says, “. . . join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God” (2 Timothy 1:8b). From this statement we can presume at least two things: a) Timothy was not currently suffering for the sake of the gospel and b) Suffering for the gospel is a choice we all have to make. Paul goes on to say in verse 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” So it seems that our decision to suffer for the gospel is directly proportionate to our commitment to live a godly life.

Bonhoeffer 1932

You may be wondering at this point what abortion and the pro-life position have to do with persecution for the gospel. In his memoir about the theologian and anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer, G. Leibholz said, “Bonhoeffer was firmly and rightly convinced that it is not only a Christian right but a Christian duty towards God to oppose tyranny, that is, a government which is no longer based on natural law and the law of God.” It was after all Jesus Who taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Why is abortion and government policy related to the gospel? Abortion reflects the rejection of natural law and the law of God. Abortion reflects the imposition of a purely materialistic and secular, anti-God ethic, forcing the idea that human life has no meaning or higher purpose than to experience as much physical pleasure and as little pain as possible. And now through Obamacare the government forces people of faith to act in ways that are counter to their belief by paying for abortion directly out of their health insurance premiums.

This situation will test a true Christian’s mettle. Will we continue to justify abortion as rendering unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s or will we

now render unto God what is God’s and stand against this tyranny by standing for life here and now? Jesus made a way for our salvation but it requires our death. It cost Him everything. He asks us now to do the same for others. Give Him everything this year, Christian. Suffer for the gospel.

Your Health Insurance Pays for Abortion–Just the Facts

The following is a consolidated summary of the primary points of which Christians should be aware concerning how the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA), also known as Obamacare. The PPACA and the Health and Human Services mandates, with a particular focus on concerns regarding health insurance coverage of abortion-causing drugs and devices, now immediately impact you.  

A.  Health Insurance plans nationwide are now mandated to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives. Some of these actually cause abortion. These mandates took effect on August 1, 2012; for some narrowly defined religious institutions (see #2), the effective date was delayed until August 1, 2013.

“The HHS mandate requires coverage of ‘all FDA-approved contraceptive methods.’ HHS claims in a fact sheet that the mandate does ‘not include abortifacient drugs.’[1] However, the regulation itself, which takes precedence over any governmental ‘fact sheet,’ contains no such exclusion. Moreover, studies show that at least one drug approved by the FDA for ‘contraceptive use,’ a close analogue to the abortion drug RU-486 (mifepristone), can cause an abortion when taken to avoid pregnancy.[2][3]

B.  In the rulemaking process following the passage of the PPACA the administration has defined what it means to be a religious organization. Only organizations meeting all four of the following criteria are exempt from paying for insurance plans which cover abortion-causing contraceptives:

1) Has the inculcation of religious values as its purpose;

2) Primarily employs persons who share its religious tenets;

3) Primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets; and

4) Is a non-profit organization under section 6033(a)(1) and section 6033(a)(3)(A)(i) or (iii) of the Code.[4]

CompassCare—and any faith-based organization serving or evangelizing non-members—fails to meet this criteria.

C.  Even organizations which meet the above criteria for religious exemption will not actually be able to avoid paying for abortion-causing contraception, because the so-called “accommodation”[5] made by the administration simply requires the insurance companies to provide coverage, rather than the employer. But where will the insurance companies get the money to cover abortion? From their customers monthly premiums.

D.  As of 2014, the “Individual mandate” takes effect, which requires all individuals who are not covered under private insurance to purchase health insurance through a state exchange. Any participant in a state health insurance exchange which covers elective abortions will pay at least $1/month directly from their paycheck into a fund to be used only for elective abortions of all types.[6]

E.  There are currently 40 lawsuits involving over 110 plaintiffs filed in opposition to the HHS mandates.[7]

Resources:

 


[2] The drug in question is ulipristal (HRP 2000, or Ella). See A. Tarantal, et al., “Effects of Two Antiprogestins on Early Pregnancy in the Long-Tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis),” 54 Contraception 107-115 (1996), at 114 (“studies with mifepristone and HRP 2000 have shown both antiprogestins to have roughly comparable activity in terminating pregnancy when administered during the early stages of gestation”); G. Bernagiano & H. von Hertzen, “Towards more effective emergency contraception?”, 375 The Lancet 527-28 (Feb. 13, 2010), at 527 (“Ulipristal has similar biological effects to mifepristone, the antiprogestin used in medical abortion”).

[3] United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Re: Interim Final Rules on Preventive Services File Code CMS-9992-IFC2” August 31, 2011. Available from: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/hhs-mandate/upload/Interim-Final-Rules-on-Preventive-Services.pdf

ObamaCare Forces You to Directly Pay for Abortion

Forced Compliance Vs. Rights of Conscience

According to an analysis by both Americans United for Life and the Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund) the new ‘Affordable Care Act’ also known as ObamaCare forces all Americans not only to purchase insurance that pays for abortion and abortion-causing birth control but even worse forces each plan member to pay a fee directly from your paycheck for what is called the ‘Abortion Premium Mandate.’ This fee goes into effect with all plans that renew after August 1st, 2012 (just a few days away). This fee will go directly to a fund that covers the cost of all elective abortion (enough to fund 2 million abortions per year over the current 1.2 million actually occurring in the U.S. annually). Refusal to participate incurs steep financial penalties for both employers and individuals.

To read the full analysis by the Alliance Defending Freedom click here: ObamaCare-and-its-Mandates

Americans United for Life is encouraging people to support a piece of legislation called “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” (HR 1179, S 1467) which would not allow the government to coerce an individual to violate his/her moral or religious conscience by forcing them to pay for abortion or abortion-causing contraception. Click here for more information.

Forced Contraception Reveals Obamacare Not Really About Healthcare Reform

Proverbs 23:10 says, “Do not move the ancient boundary or go into the fields of the fatherless.” Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Obama Administration, Healthcare Reform, Forced Contraception, Religious Liberty: What do all these words have in common? The inevitable social cost of abortion. So what exactly does abortion cost? The obvious answer is that it costs a woman on average $600. But what lies beneath the popular debate is much more insidious.

 We know abortion also costs a woman her health. Breast cancer incidences have increased 40% since 1973, the year preborn children were deemed nonhuman and abortion became acceptable. 52 of 68 epidemiological studies show abortion as an independent risk factor for breast cancer.1 Planned Parenthood’s marketing ploy of sex without consequence creates an expectation for the use of contraceptive devices and steroidal ‘hormone therapies.’ Women using oral contraceptives have been found to have a 2.5X increased risk of triple negative breast cancer (the worst kind).2 In fact the World Health Organization lists the estrogen/progesterone ‘hormonal’ contraception as a Group 1 carcinogen in the same category as plutonium.3 Not to mention the fact that oral contraceptives can and do cause abortion, often without a woman ever knowing it. It is clear that abortion and oral contraceptives are major predictors if not direct contributors to the breast cancer epidemic. And then there is the well known and longstanding knowledge that abortion increases the risk of future pre-term deliveries and complications of ‘wanted’ pregnancies by 300-500%.4 Abortion causes a condition called ‘incompetent cervix’ whereby damage is done by forcing the cervix open weakening the ability of the cervix to retain future pregnancies to full term. Thank you March of Dimes for all your help in raising awareness around and prevention of pre-term deliveries but why haven’t you said anything about abortion?

Barak Obama through what I am sure is a well meaning albeit misguided utopian ideology is enacting healthcare reform demanding that religious institutions violate their beliefs and provide all employees with access to these cancer and abortion causing contraceptives or else incur steep penalties they cannot afford. But lest we fail to think the Obama administration is interested in protecting constitutional religious liberty he gave ‘religious institutions’ (by his definition not theirs) an additional year to change their beliefs.5

Let us be clear: Healthcare reform has never been about healthcare. The issue over mandated abortifacient contraception illustrates this. It is about something deeper. It is about creating a State where all men are not just ‘created’ equal rather they are ‘evolved’ to be the same. It is about legislators and political representatives believing that they know better how a man ought to believe and behave. When a government mandates morality, when it usurps control over medicine it becomes the dictator of the masses and the owner of the individual. Mass ‘equality’ results only in mass dehumanization (see the People’s Republic of China). The sweeping enactment of healthcare embodies a fundamental yet unstated presupposition; that individual human beings are evolutionary by-products to be managed. America’s constitution, our medical community, our universities, our seminaries were all based on the premise that humanity is made in the image of God. Therefore all individuals from conception to natural death are inviolable, deserving of the highest respect, afforded the most comprehensive protection, an end in and of themselves and able to attain to the noblest of virtues, needing no external system of government to control belief or behavior. G.K. Chesterton once said, “God forbid the day ever come when people don’t commit murder because it is against the law.” Why? Because it signals a culture embracing relativism and the insanity of political correctness.

We are losing our nation because certain educators and legislators, theologians and medical providers attained the pinnacle of arrogance deciding to sacrifice what made America unique, our shared beliefs in God and its impact on our behavior toward each other, in favor of an evolutionary ‘equality’ a.k.a. godless utopia. This makes every man his own god and thereby all things permissible. A general lethargy of compassion begins to seep into culture as a generation of predators is raised to pursue their own pleasure. It is at this point when government is compelled to step in to control the inevitable social chaos enacting more legislation, ‘regulating’ entire sectors of society. The primary relationship all individuals now have is not with their God or with their spouse and children but rather with one’s government. So of course the government can impose its transient morality on you and me because there can be no one higher or stronger of any real consequence to a man’s thoughts and actions for we are ‘enlightened.’

So what does abortion cost? It costs us our God, our family, our country, our conscience, our future. And whose fault is it? Not really the abortionists. Not even the venal cowards who call themselves ‘public servants.’ It’s us. As the journalist Edward Murrow once said, “We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this.” Like ashes from the furnaces of Auschwitz the ramifications of abortion are landing on the rooftops of our moral house of cards. Years from now, preserved as keystrokes on a smart phone or digital pictures on SD cards, we will see escapist chatter, cute pictures of America’s 1.9 children born to consumers married only to personal pleasure, irresponsible wards of the state mistaking meaningless political clichés for substance; hope and change, hope and change. What will be the legacy of a culture complicit in this dehumanization of the preborn child? We must sacrifice now like never before lest what we do today be too little too late and we all are treated like babies before the abortionist’s knife.

1http://www.lifesitenews.com

2http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/18/4/1157.abstract

3http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Classification/ClassificationsGroupOrder.pdf

4www.abortionfacts.com/reardon/after_effects_of_abortion.asp

5http://www.cathnewsusa.com