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The letter below was sent to President Barack Obama Feb. 10 after the president offered an "accommodation" on the issue of the HHS mandate. The letter was signed by John Garvey, President, The Catholic University of America; Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University; Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University; O. Carter Snead, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame; Yuval Levin Hertog, Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center. Hundreds of scholars have signed the letter and Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley referenced it in his March 2 blog post.
Today the Obama administration has offered what it has styled as an "accommodation" for religious institutions in the dispute over the HHS mandate for coverage (without cost sharing) of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception. The administration will now require that all insurance plans cover ("cost free") these same products and services. Once a religiously-affiliated (or believing individual) employer purchases insurance (as it must, by law), the insurance company will then contact the insured employees to advise them that the terms of the policy include coverage for these objectionable things.