June 28, 2013: HHS publishes 'final rule' on abortion mandate

The HHS has published the 'final rule' establishing the contraception/abortion mandate. The rule holds, among other things, that one forfeits all conscience rights upon entering a business. It establishes what can only be called a "shell game" under which some religious entities can pretend they are not providing contraception/abortion coverage -- but this coverage must be provided at no (additional) cost by the insurance carrier to every covered person. HHS claims the authority to demand this by 'finding' that such coverage is costless, and actually saves money. But HHS arrives at this conclusion by counting the costs of birth and health care for children as avoided costs -- in other words, by eliminating children!
This analysis demonstrates the logical flaw in the HHS finding: http://scandhouse.org/liberty/cbstuff/cost_analysis.html
An early analysis by the Becket Fund is at this link: http://www.becketfund.org/becket-welcomes-opportunity-to-study-final-rul...

The full text of the HHS decision is at this link: http://www.becketfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/2013-15866_PI.pdf