ND Right to Life to host panel discussion on HHS contraception mandate

by Michael O. Garvey

Eck Cross

The new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requirement that most employers provide free coverage of contraceptives and sterilization to their employees through health insurance plans will be the subject of a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. March 27 (Tuesday) in the McCartan Courtroom of the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Hall of Law.

The discussion, sponsored by Notre Dame Right to Life, is titled “Notre Dame and the HHS ‘Contraceptive’ Mandate.” Panelists will include O. Carter Snead, professor of law in the Notre Dame Law School; Richard Garnett, associate dean and professor of law in the Notre Dame Law School; Lisa Everett, co-director of the Office of Family Life for the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend; and Gabrielle M. Speach, senior student in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies.

Among the questions the panel will consider are: What is the HHS contraception mandate? Whose rights does it violate? What is at stake for Notre Dame if the mandate is not overturned?

The discussion is open to the public.

Contact: Gabrielle M. Speach, 585-429-0476, gspeach19@gmail.com