EPC states objection to HHS mandate to cover abortion Print

 At its June 2012 General Assembly in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The Evangelical Presbyterian Church affirmed a strong statement objecting to regulations recently put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS mandates issued February 15, 2012 (and effective August 1, 2012) require nearly all new health insurance plans to cover contraceptive methods including Plan B, and ella (abortifacient drugs). The EPC does not take a stand against "artificial means of contraception," but they do "profoundly object to abortion on demand." Their position paper on abortion is posted on the denomination website.

The EPC  "strongly and respectfully objects" to what it describes "government overreach and infringement of the Free Exercise Clause." The denomination calls for the Department of Health and Human Services to rescind the regulation. If they do not, then the EPC calls for the United States Congress to "take appropriate action to ensure the protection of religious liberty and rights of conscience."

Adding teeth to their statement, The Assembly also pledged to join as amici curiae in pending or future civil actions "where deemed advisable," and where doing so would protect "religious freedom and rights of conscience."

The statement will be distributed to the Secretary of HHS, the President of the United States, to members of both houses of Congress, the Surgeon General and to "other denominations and media outlets as the Stated Clerk of the EPC deems appropriate." The letter will also be communicated to each EPC congregation.