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Focus’ Jim Daly Reserving Final Judgment on Obama Contraception Announcement

“Religious liberties are not something any president has the legal right to recognize or deny; they are granted to all citizens by the Constitution.”

February 10, 2011 

Colorado Springs, Colo. –  Focus on the Family President Jim Daly issued the following statement today after President Barack Obama announced that, under his health-care policy, religious employers will not have to directly cover contraceptives and possible abortion-causing drugs for their employees as previously mandated:

“As an unapologetically, unswervingly pro-life organization, we disagree strongly with the Obama administration that free access to drugs that can cause abortions makes women or society healthier or safer. Today’s announcement seems to be an acknowledgement by the White House that it went too far in disregarding the deeply held values, and constitutionally protected conscience rights, of religious organizations and individuals. Still, we are not convinced this tweak to the proposed policy, when analyzed at a level deeper than simple sound bites, truly addresses the religious-liberty concerns that have been raised.

“There is a limit to what government can compel its citizens to do – and not do – particularly in matters of faith and freedom. It’s in the best interest of all Americans, of every ideological stripe, that it not be crossed.

“Time will tell if the administration is serious about righting the wrong it had proposed; if it is not, we will be among the first to seek to persuade it to do so. In the meantime, we are mindful that religious liberties are not something any president has the legal authority to recognize or deny; they are granted to all citizens by the Constitution. That’s why we will continue to support efforts under way in Congress to pass legislation that would affirm all Americans’ inalienable rights of conscience protection.”

To schedule an interview, please contact Monica Schleicher at 719-648-4590 or via email at Monica.Schleicher@fotf.org.

About Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family, which reaches about 238 million people in 130 countries, is a global Christian ministry that helps families thrive. We provide help and resources for strengthening believers in their faith and sharing the gospel; building resilient marriages that reflect God’s design; equipping parents to raise their children with a thriving faith; advocating for the preborn, orphaned and life at every stage; and engaging the culture through a biblical worldview. Visit Focus online at www.focusonthefamily.com/ and on Facebook at facebook.com/focusonthefamily. You can follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/focusfamily  

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