Obama rules force Christian charities to offer abortions to refugees A new set of rules soon to be issued by the Obama administration would require faith-based charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the U.S. without their parents. Organizations working to help resettle the children contend the rules are a violation of the conscience rights of faith-based groups and a contravention of the rights of parents. The rules would require charitable organizations, including faith-based groups that help resettle refugee children, to make referrals for emergency contraception or to partner with groups that provide abortions. The groups also have the option of notifying the federal government, which would then make arrangements for abortions. Failure to follow the rules means the groups would no longer be eligible for federal aid. They must comply no later than June 24. The new rules are being fast-tracked in what some are calling elusive methods. The Center for Family and Human Rights, or C-Fam, notes the public has until Monday to comment on the new rules, which were issued on Christmas Eve. “The administration says it would be ‘contrary to the public interest’ to wait ‘until a public notice and comment process is complete,’” writes Dr. Susan Yoshihara. “The administration also asserts that no congressional review is required and that there is no issue with federalism or any impact on families in the new guidance.” Kristi Burton Brown at Live Action News said the rules have been purposely fast-tracked to avoid sustained public objection. The new regulations are collectively titled, “Implementation of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Provisions of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.” “That’s not exactly a title that would advise the average citizen that Christian organizations will be forced to participate in abortions or lose their federal funding,” Brown writes. The Obama administration asserts that no congressional review is required and that there is no issue with federalism or any impact on families in the new guidance. However, Brown wrote, “It’s likely that a number of Christian relief organizations that work with child refugees will rightly refuse to comply. When they do this, they will lose their federal funding, and this will diminish their potential to serve vulnerable, innocent children who come to this country with great needs.” MORE