The official HHS mandate is called a "Contraception Mandate" but as explained in an earlier piece titled "What Liberals Don't Want You To Know About Obama's 'Contraception Mandate'", since it forces coverage of sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, "Abortion Mandate" is just as accurate as calling it a contraception mandate.
Time to start calling this mandate the "Obama abortion mandate" or the "Obama abortifacient mandate" or the "Obama sterilization mandate," take your pick, because those names are no more misleading than the Obama administration calling it a contraception mandate.
At a House hearing on Thursday Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and Jewish Leaders all told a Republican lawmaker that they will not comply with the HHS mandate which would violate their consciences.
Gowdy: Bishop, would you rather close down your hospitals and your schools than to comply with a governmental edict that violates your faith?
Bishop William E. Lori: We are not going to violate our consciences.
Gowdy: Reverend Harrison, you've already spoken with respect to civil disobedience. I believe you said you'd sooner go to jail than violate your conscience?
Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison: "Yes, I would, clearly."
Gowdy: Dr. Mitchell?
Dr. Ben Mitchell: I'd like to be in his cell.
Gowdy: We'll try and work that out. (laughter) Rabbi?
Rabbi Meir Soloveichik: Freedom of conscience and of religion, congressman, is first and most sacred to Americans.
Gowdy: Dr. Mitchell?
Dr. Craig Mitchell: This is not the kind of thing that we can afford to play with. This is essential our country.
Rep. Gowdy: "Well, just so everybody understand what is going to happen: These guys are either going to go to jail because they won't violate their religious beliefs, or the hospitals and the schools are going to close, which means government is going to get bigger, because they're going to have to fill the void that is left when you guys quit doing it. And maybe that's what they wanted all along."
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