Thompson Views Health Care Mandate as Violation of Religious Liberty, Joins Letter in Opposition

Feb 10, 2012 Issues: Healthcare

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has joined 154 Members in sending a bipartisan letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius calling on the Obama Administration to reverse its controversial mandate forcing religious organizations to include sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs and devices, and contraception in the health care plans of their employees.

“This administration’s mandate has jeopardized the individual and religious freedoms that reside at the very heart of our democracy,” said Rep. Thompson. “The administration has boldly ignored conscientious objections from religious organizations and in turn sent a message that the values and beliefs of those subject to this mandate are irrelevant or inconsequential. That simply is not the case.”

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner yesterday stated that if the president refuses to rescind the policy, Congress will do so itself through the legislative process. Thompson is also a cosponsor of H.R. 1179, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011, a bill to reverse the contraceptive mandate.  

The letter can be viewed in PDF format by clicking here.