WASHINGTON — Religious leaders and Republican House members said at a
hearing Thursday that a federal rule requiring employers to offer
benefits covering birth control is still an attack on religious freedom,
despite the Obama administration’s revision to accommodate religiously
affiliated institutions. Meanwhile, Democrats criticized Republicans for
not including enough women in the hearing.
policy is an unconscionable intrusion by the state into the consciences
of American citizens,” Ben Mitchell, a professor of moral philosophy at
Union University in Jackson and an ordained minister in the
Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention, told the House Oversight
and Government Reform Committee.
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