TIU Joins the Fray: Mandated Health Coverage of Controversial Services

Religious Freedom

In early February, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services requested comments on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that offered draft and amended regulations concerning mandated coverage in health plans of controversial preventive health services for churches and faith-based organizations who object to including some or all of the coverage. The comments from Trinity International University on the proposed rule-making argue that the proposed “accommodation” for faith-based organizations such as TIU does not resolve the religious freedom concerns originally created by the mandated coverage.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, the bioethics center at Trinity, flagged the ethical concerns, provided background research, briefed executive leadership of the University, and provided guidance to the comments submitted by TIU.

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