Johanna Dasteel


HHS Secretary Sebelius to graduating seniors: be grateful for free abortifacients, birth control

Johanna Dasteel

WASHINGTON, DC, May 29, 2013 ( – This year’s graduating classes should be grateful for the “good news” that they will be eligible to receive free contraceptive and abortifacient drug coverage “without paying a penny” thanks to the HHS mandate, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

In a blog post on Wednesday addressed to the “Class of 2013,” Sebelius told newly minted graduates that the law is “giving you the flexibility to make choices about your future without worrying about where you’re going to get health insurance.”

“Bottom line: Because of the Affordable Care Act, you’ll be able to begin this next chapter of your life with the peace of mind and security health insurance provides,” she said.  

The HHS mandate requires all employers, regardless of religious objections, to offer full coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient pills to their female employees with no co-pay. 

That same mandate is causing upheaval and financial woes for the future employers of those graduates nation-wide. 

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It has been the subject of dozens of lawsuits that allege the mandate is a violation of constitutional religious liberties. Organizations who have filed suit against the mandate include institutions of higher learning such as Colorado Christian University, Belmont Abbey, University of Notre Dame, Franciscan Univeristy of Steubenville , Ave Maria University and a dozen others

Companies and non-profits that violate of the mandate risk incurring devastating fines of up to $100 per employee per day

Sebelius also promoted a provision of the health care bill allowing students to remain on their parents' insurance plans until the age of 26.

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