Final HHS Rule Confirms Religious Exemption to Contraceptive Mandate

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On November 8, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule finalizing the religious exemption to the  2010 contraceptive mandate. The rule allows those with sincerely held religious or moral convictions opposing abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception to exclude such drugs from their health insurance plans.  It also provides a long-awaited victory to the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have been fighting the mandate in court since 2010.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) applauded the move by HHS to "finalize common-sense regulations" for religious employers. "These final regulations restore free exercise rights in accordance with the First Amendment and long-standing statutory protections for religious freedom," said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, USCCB president, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, chairman of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty.

The full statement can be found on the USCCB website.

November 16, 2018 - 3:47pm

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