New laws set in motion by the Obama administration will require charitable organizations to refer women to “emergency contraception” in the form of abortions. Starting June 24 of this year, nonprofits conducting international relief work would be required to comply with the rules.
Pro-life individuals say that referring refugees to abortion clinics is in violation of their beliefs.
Sysan Yoshihara of pro-life group C-FAM said, “The Obama administration is getting ready to issue new rules requiring charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the US without their parents. Faith-based groups say this is a contravention of the rights of parents and a violation of the conscience rights of faith-based groups helping resettle the children.”
She continued. “The rules require faith-based providers to make referrals for emergency contraception, partner with groups which provide abortion, or notify the federal government which would make arrangements for the abortion. If groups do not do so, they are not eligible for federal aid.”
Life News reports that pro-life supporters who are against the new laws could still prevent them by voicing their opinions to the government.
Yoshihara said, “The public has until Monday to comment on the fast-tracked new rules, which were issued on Christmas Eve. The administration says it would be ‘contrary to the public interest’ to wait ‘until a public notice and comment process is complete.’ The administration also asserts that no Congressional review is required and that there is no issue with federalism or any impact on families in the new guidance.”
Publication date: February 20, 2015