Joint letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Proposed Regulation: 80 Fed. Reg. 54172 (Sept. 8, 2015).

Re: Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities RIN 0945-AA02

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Southern Baptists urged to oppose HHS birth control mandate

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptists has issued a fact sheet warning that the Obama administration’s birth control mandate “tramples religious freedom,” and has alerted church members to contact their senators to support proposed protection of conscience legislation. [Baptist Press]

 

Southern Baptists denounce forced birth control insurance

A statement from the Southern Baptists has denounced the Obama administration’s regulation that will force employers to provide insurance coverage for surgical sterilization, contraceptives, and embryocidal drugs.  The statement describes the regulation as  “a clear violation of our nation’s commitment to liberty of conscience and a flagrant violation of our constitutional protection to freedom of religion.”  It was signed by Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission since 1988, and Barrett Duke one of the Commission’s directors.