Dr. Richard Land

Richard Land comments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

February 29, 2012

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, comments on the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“President Obama’s callous decision to require all insurance plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to cover free of charge so-called contraceptives that are also abortifacients violates our constitutionally-protected right of freedom of religion and conscience. Neither the narrow exemption nor the recent proposed compromise is acceptable.

“Millions of people of faith will still be forced by the federal government to choose between their religious convictions about when human life begins and providing health care for themselves, their

families, or their employees. What is at stake is whether our nation will protect our God-given and constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion and conscience.

“The Obama administration has declared war on religion and conscience. This must not stand. Our Baptist forebears died and went to prison to secure these freedoms. It is now our calling to stand in the gap and defend our priceless First Amendment religious freedom.”

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest non-Catholic denomination with more than 16.2 million members in over 44,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.