Despite Contraception Controversy, Sebeilus To Speak Today At Georgetown

Criticism about Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius' appearance at the Jesuit institution has mounted this week because of her role in the Obama administration's rule on contraception requirements in the health care law.

The Hill's Healthwatch Blog: Fury Over Birth-Control Mandate Trails HHS Sec. Sebelius To Georgetown
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will visit Georgetown University on Friday for a speech that has raised Catholic ire in light of the Obama administration's birth-control coverage mandate. … Leaders in the U.S. Catholic Church have loudly called on the administration to repeal the mandate, and as recently as this week threatened to sue the government barring "prompt" action on the issue by Congress (Viebeck, 5/17).

CQ HealthBeat: Sebelius Expected At Georgetown On Friday Despite Controversy
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to speak at a Georgetown University awards ceremony on Friday, despite intense criticism from the Archdiocese of Washington connected to an agency rule on contraceptive requirements in the health care law. Archdiocese officials said in a statement on Tuesday that Sebelius' actions as a public official "present the most direct challenge to religious liberty in recent history" (Norman, 5/17).

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