By Gail Finke, The Catholic Beat
Ed White knows a great way to explain what’s wrong with the HHS mandate that’s the object of lawsuits from more than 40 churches, schools, and charities, and private companies.
White, an attorney for the American Center for Law and Justice public interest law firm, is lead counsel for a suit filed last week on behalf of two Sidney, OH, produce companies, Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics. “The issue is not what employees do,” he said. “The issue is that I as, say, a manufacturer of plumbing parts that employs 100 people, have to sit down with my insurance company and contract to provide specific services that go against my religious beliefs, and I have to pay for them.”
Now that the Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that nearly all employer-provided health insurance plans include free coverage of birth control devices and drugs, voluntary sterilization, and “morning after” abortifacient drugs, White says many company owners find themselves in a “moral vise” — required by the government to offer insurance to full-time employees, but not allowed to buy coverage that doesn’t include those drugs and procedures. . . .
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