[Statement] Dr. James Dobson Issues Statement in Response to Draft Regulation to End HHS Contraception and Abortifacient Mandate

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In response to the draft HHS Regulation that aims to end the abortifacient mandate, Dr. James Dobson issues the following statement:

“News broke this week that President Trump and the Department of Health and Human Services are close to issuing a new regulation that could finally end the years-long controversy over the HHS contraception and abortifacient mandate. The Obama Administration tried to force even religious employers to provide free access to abortifacient drugs in their employee health plans. This is why hundreds of Christian employers, including Family Talk and the Little Sisters of the Poor, filed lawsuits to protect their religious liberty. 

The reported regulation would make good on President Trump’s promise to vigorously protect religious liberty. It acknowledges freedom of conscience has long been a cornerstone of our nation, and admits that the government had no grounds to force Christian employers to provide access to abortion-causing drugs.  Under the proposed rule, any employer with a sincere religious objection is exempt from the abortifacient mandate.

The regulation creating this exemption is not final yet. We know that pro-abortion forces will campaign to water-down the draft regulation.  We can’t let that happen. First, pray that God would give strength and wisdom to the people involved.  Second, contact President Trump and HHS Secretary Tom Price and thank them for protecting religious liberty and urge them to promulgate this regulation. Contact President Trump at www.whitehouse.gov/contact, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price at secretary@HHS.gov. Make phone calls, send emails and spread the word on social media that we, the American people, stand with this administration in supporting this vitally important regulation.” 

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Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family. Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years in the divisions of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised four U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. He holds 18 honorary doctoral degrees, and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame. He is married to Shirley and they have two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and two grandchildren. The Dobsons reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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