Homework Question on HHS Mandate Vs the Religious Freedom
- On January 20, 2012 the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, unveiled a new policy which has come to be known at the “HHS Mandate.” The Mandate requires most private health insurance plans to include coverage for all FDA-approved forms of contraception.
- Do you think this policy violates religious freedom? Minimum 120 words
Homework Answer on HHS Mandate Vs the Religious Freedom
The new health policy, HHS mandate has raised many discussions in the United States on whether it violates the religious freedom. Some quarters have been heard saying that all women, irrespective of their religious affiliations have the right to access contraceptives. They argue that many of these women are not even Catholic. Catholic Church and other religious groups who share the same stands with Catholic on the contraceptive usage have come out strongly to condemn this health policy (Madhani & Stanglin, 2014). This is so because the policy goes against their teachings on the use of contraceptives.
All facts regarding this new policy prove that the HHS mandate has violated religious freedom to a huge extent. Forcing religious institutions like hospitals, which are run by Catholic Church to include FDA-approved contraceptives in health insurance plans of their employees, is infringing on their religious freedom (Madhani & Stanglin,2014). By requiring all employers to include contraceptives in their insurance plans, they are already affecting churches even if they exempt churches from the requirement and include other employers.
Religious teachings oppose usage of contraceptives as it is regarded as being same as committing murder (Madhani & Stanglin, 2014). Making people, pay for things that are against their religious teachings is not fair. People will be divided on whether to do something that is against their religious teachings and beneficial to them or avoid it altogether and remain loyal to the teachings of their faith (Madhani & Stanglin, 2014).