It’s That Simple

Taken from: http://www.lcms.org/hhsmandate

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on June 28, 2012. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod opposes the birth control mandate that is part of the law because it runs counter to the biblical truth of the sanctity of human life and creates a conflict of conscience for religious employers and insurers who face steep penalties for non-compliance based upon their religious convictions. The birth control mandate enacted Jan. 20, 2012, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires employers to provide access to health insurance that covers most forms of birth control, even those that can cause the death of an unborn child.

The rule, or mandate, exempts churches but applies to other religious employers. On Feb. 10, President Obama announced an “accommodation” for religious employers, saying they would not have to cover birth control, but that insurance companies would provide free birth control, including “morning after” pills. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) objects to the use of drugs and procedures that are used to take the lives of unborn children, who are persons in the sight of God from the time of conception.

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