CBS News reports that a recommendation by a nonpartisan group of experts that the government require health insurance companies to cover the full cost of birth control for women has prompted both praise and anger ahead of the Obama administration's decision on whether to adopt the recommendation. The Family Research Council (FRC) decried the recommendations for including emergency contraception (or the "morning after pill"). The group also points out there are no conscience protections for health care providers in insurance plan networks who object to prescribing such drugs.My good friend Jeanne Monahan of FRC hit the nail on the head with this quote:
"If HHS [the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services] includes these mandates, the conscience rights of millions of Americans will be violated, including issuers of plans, providers who contract with such plans, and Americans who will pay for the cost of these services," Monahan said in a statement. "HHS should focus on items and services that prevent actual diseases, and not include controversial services just to placate the abortion industry."
Besides posing a ridiculously expensive new entitlement in what should be a time of federal austerity, this pro-abortion policy would also eliminate desperately needed, conscientious medical professionals who follow ethical standards that protect early human life.