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Krauthammer: Contraception mandate is 'not a trivial issue'

Charles Krauthammer says that the controversial mandate by Obamacare to force religious institutions to provide contraception to employees in their health plans when some religions believe is a form of murder.


Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” the regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services requiring employers to provide health insurance to employees despite their religious convictions “is not a trivial issue at all.”  

“The law is forcing us to be complicit with what we believe under our religion is a form of murder and that is different from contraception,” said Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor.  

The Supreme Court announced that it will hear challenges to the mandate from a crafts chain, Hobby Lobby, and a Mennonite-Owned furniture company, Conestoga Wood. Owners of the companies argue that by being forced to comply with the federal regulation the feds are violating their religious beliefs.  

Juan Williams also commented on the contraception mandate saying “the people involved say it’s okay." 

“They (Hobby Lobby) are willing to offer contraceptive services," Williams, a columnist with The Hill and a Fox News contributor. "They object to the morning after pill. This seems to be Willy Nilly. You’re opening the door to employers saying, well, you know we don’t like this, but we like that.”   

Krauthammer responded by saying “that is different from contraception, which doesn't involve the destruction of a zygote, of an embryo. So if you have contraception that prevents implantation, that would be under some theologies acceptable here. So it's not as if I’m going to pick and choose, I like this, I don't like this… It is actually a serious principle.”