THE ACTUAL FACTS:
- The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.”
- That exemption does NOT extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.
- The HHS “accommodation” for “non-exempt” religious organizations like these does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation “to pay for contraception” and “to be a vehicle to get contraception.”
The USCCB Responds – October 12, 2012
For more details, please see USCCB’s regulatory comments filed on May 15 regarding the proposed “accommodation.”