Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Liberty Institute Helps AFA Fight Back Against HHS Mandate

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This week, Liberty Institute and the Center for Religious Expression filed a lawsuit against the federal government’s unconscionable HHS Mandate on behalf of American Family Association (AFA).

The lawsuit, The American Family Association v. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, contends that the HHS Mandate requiring ministries to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs violates AFA’s religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and federal law.

AFA is a non-profit, Christian organization, and one of the largest pro-family organizations in the country. The current mandate would force AFA to provide insurance coverage for its employees – coverage that would include contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs – or face debilitating fines and punishment.

“The mandate is an amoral affront to the very conscience and biblical principals on which the American Family Association was founded,” said Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association.  “We feel betrayed by the abuse of government power that forces us to change our deeply held religious beliefs and practices by funding the taking of innocent life.”

Earlier this month, the Obama Administration proposed a new HHS Mandate rule that on its surface, appeared to expand the definition of faith-based organizations exempted from the mandate. This expanded exemption, however, is misleading and continues the Administration’s efforts to limit American’s First Amendment rights.

“The new proposed HHS rule misleads faith-based groups and all Americans into believing they will no longer have to violate their faith and provide objectionable insurance for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs,” said Liberty Institute General Counsel Jeff Mateer. “The Obama Administration dwarfs previous administrations in its egregious disrespect for the religious liberty rights of para-church ministries, like the American Family Association, by continuing to force them to provide and pay for insurance coverage to which they have religious objections.”

The mandate is a massive intrusion into the personal healthcare decisions of U.S. citizens, and it continues to blatantly infringe upon American’s religious freedom. Through your prayers and support, you can help us defend organizations like AFA that are choosing to fight back and take a stand for their constitutional rights.

Please consider giving a gift of $25 or even $100, to help fund this critical legal battle. In fact, every dollar donated is doubled in value because of the world-class attorneys who work with us, selflessly donating their time to the fight for religious freedom.

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