Manhattan Declaration Blog Highlights Rally Effort

Posted by John Jansen (October 18, 2012 at 11:16 am)

Manhattan Declaration logoStand Up for Religious Freedom Rally Co-Chairman Eric Scheidler has an article posted today on the Manhattan Declaration blog, highlighting the nationwide rallies this Saturday and the ongoing fight against the HHS Mandate.

Here’s an excerpt:

Earlier this year, the prestigious magazine Crain’s Chicago Business published their list of the top ten workplaces for women in the entire Chicago area. At the very top of that list was a company called Triune Health Group, which is owned and managed by Chris and Mary Anne Yep.

One of the main reasons that the Yeps’ company received this special honor is their generous benefits package, including an outstanding health plan. They have also implemented policies to accommodate the special needs of women, from single moms who may need time off to care for a sick child, to flexible work hours for women dealing with breast cancer or other health problems.

But Chris and Mary Anne Yep haven’t only made news this year by being named the “Best Workplace for Women” in Chicagoland. They have also been in the headlines because they are suing the federal government over the HHS Mandate.

The Mandate, announced by the Obama administration in January and finalized in February, requires nearly all employers to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, regardless of any moral objections. This includes religious employers like Catholic hospitals and universities, despite the fact that paying for such “services” contradicts settled Catholic doctrine.

It also includes private employers like Chris and Mary Anne Yep. The Yeps are devout Catholics, and their faith informs the special care they take over their employees, including the generous health plans and special accommodations that earned them that honor in Crain’s. That same faith demands that they not take a hand in promoting or facilitating the use of contraceptives or abortion-inducing drugs, which are both considered gravely immoral by settled Catholic doctrine.

That’s why the Yeps are suing the federal government, and their case illustrates exactly why the HHS Mandate is such an outrageous attack on religious freedom — and why voters need to take action on Election Day to stop the HHS Mandate.

Read the whole thing at the Manhattan Declaration blog.

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