Obamacare critic slams HHS decision to mandate coverage of abortifacient contraceptives
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An early August decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to impose mandatory, nationwide coverage of contraceptives that also act as abortifacients is only one more piece of evidence that Obamacare funds abortion, according to one critic.
On Aug. 1, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a news release included abortifacient drugs such as Plan B and Ella as part of an essential “preventive care” package that must be covered by insurance plans.
In response to the decision Chuck Donovan, Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow, told LSN, “The new guidelines from HHS also point out yet another way in which Obamacare funds abortions … the ‘preventive services’ mandate mandates coverage of abortifacients like ellaOne on the most preferential terms possible.”
“Beyond the imposition on conscience immediately, an awful precedent is set for RU-486 and abortifacient drugs yet to be developed,” Donovan said.
In a recent blog post, Donovan itemized ways that Obamacare already has helped and will continue to help fund abortion, including the fact that it provides tax subsidies for health insurance plans that cover elective abortions, and that appropriations for high-risk coverage did not contain restrictions on abortion funding.
Donovan described Obamacare as “a freedom-limiting set of mandates within mandates.”
“The largest one, now held unconstitutional by the 11th Circuit, requires every person in the U.S. to buy insurance,” he said. “The law’s other mandates lie within that purchase mandate, and impose requirements on what it is exactly that every person must buy. Both freedom and conscience, a particular form of freedom, suffer.”
Donovan opined that the issue at the heart of Obamacare is “the conflation of liberal social goals with sound medicine.”