MEDIA ALERT: Bestselling Author Teresa Tomeo
On the HHS Mandate’s Assault on Religious Freedom
WHO: Bestselling author and syndicated Catholic radio host Teresa Tomeo, author of Extreme Makeover from Ignatius Press.
WHAT: Tomeo is available for comment about the ongoing conflict between the Catholic Church, other religious employers and nonprofits, and the Obama administration over the new health-insurance mandate announced Jan. 20 by the Department of Health and Human Services. The mandate requires all employers to provide health insurance coverage that offers free access to contraception, sterilization and drugs that induce abortion. Following a major backlash from Catholic bishops and other clergy, President Obama announced Feb. 10 an “accommodation” under which employers would not be forced to provide the coverage, but insurance companies would be required to provide the services noted above at no charge to any employees interested in receiving them. That change has done little to stem criticism of the mandate.