Federal Legislation
February 15, 2012

S. 2043—Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Action Requested:
No action is requested at this time. HSLDA will continue to monitor this bill and will send out an e-lert if the bill comes up for a hearing.

Summary:
S. 2043 would expand the current religious exemptions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act so that any health care stakeholder can opt out of coverage they find is against their religious beliefs and moral convictions.

Status:

1/30/2012 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Sponsor: Senator Marco Rubio (FL)

Bill Summary—S. 2043

HSLDA’s Position:
Support.

Talking Points:
With new regulations put in place by PPACA (which HSLDA opposed), most health insurance plans in the United States will have to provide the full range of birth control drugs by August of next year. The birth control drugs include abortion-inducing drugs like the controversial “Ella” and “morning after pill.” The religious exemption put in place by President Obama is so extremely narrow that only churches or other houses of worship will be able to refuse to participate in plans offering these drugs without facing a penalty. We believe that it should be broadened to not only include houses of worship, but also religious organizations, religious colleges, and employer-funded private health insurance plans if the employer has a conscientious objection to using corporate funds to pay for birth control or abortion-inducing drugs.

 Other Resources

HSLDA: “Federal Government Tramples Conscience Protections”

HSLDA’s Comments to HHS on Conscience Protections