Defending Freedom of Conscience
In response to the February 1, 2013 notice of proposed rulemaking from HHS, there will be a 60 day period for public comment on new proposed rules governing the “HHS Mandate,” which requires most employers to provide insurance coverage for life-ending drugs and devices. AUL Action attorneys will be submitting written comments, and we will be encouraging and providing guidance to our grassroots supporters so that they can also stand up in defense of Freedom of Conscience. AUL Action President and CEO, Dr. Charmaine Yoest calls the proposed rules a “phony compromise” which, in many important ways, provide less protection than the current version of the rules. For our full legal analysis, read here.
Meanwhile, challenges to the HHS mandate continue in the courts, where there are currently 44 lawsuits involving more than 130 plaintiffs. This Spring, AUL will file eight amicus curiae briefs in circuit courts across the nation to defend the Freedom of Conscience.
Members of Congress will be in their home district offices this week. Please make a point to see them and tell them to fix the conscience-compromising issues in Obamacare. Find out your member's office location via Govtrack.
In the States
Recently, AUL experts have promoted legislation protecting Freedom of Conscience in Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia.
In 2013, AUL has a bold plan to protect women and empower families. Our Defending Life Strategic Initiatives Pre-Release is now available for download from AUL.org.
Clarke Forsythe, J.D.
Clarke Forsythe is currently Senior Counsel for AUL, having served at AUL for twenty-eight years. Forsythe has argued cases before federal and state courts and has testified before Congress and state legislatures. He is also a prolific writer on pro-life legal issues, having published more than 15 law review articles and book chapters, as well as articles in First Things, the Wall Street Journal, and National Review Online. He has also been published or quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal.
In the News
Denise Burke, Vice President of Legal Affairs, in the Christian Post.
Later this month three of our attorneys, William Saunders, Denise Burke, and Anna Franzonello, will be speaking at the annual research and strategy meeting of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) in Washington, D.C.