Action CenterAbout NCHLAVote TrackLegislative ReportsNCHLA Newslinks
 
Action Alerts Contact Your Congressperson    

 Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA)
 Assisted Suicide
 Born-Alive Infants Protection Act
 Child Custody Protection Act/CIANA
 Conscience Protection
 District of Columbia Abortion Funding
 Embryo/Fetal Research
 Federal Employees' Health Benefits (FEHB)
 Fetal Tissue Research
 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE)
 Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)
 Health Care Reform
 Human Cloning
 Human Life Amendment
 Hyde Amendment
 Medical Training Non-Discrimination (ACGME)
 Mexico City Policy
 Military Abortion Policy
 Morning-After Pill
 Parental Involvement
 Partial-Birth Abortion
 Prison Abortion Funding
 Project Life and Liberty
 RU-486: Chemically Induced Abortion
 Stem Cell Research
 Terri Schiavo Dies
 Umbilical Cord Blood Banks
 Unborn Victims of Violence Act
 United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

NCHLA Action Center

Protect Rights of Conscience and Religious Liberty

6/20/2014


Send e-mail to Congress

The Obama Administration’s contraceptive/abortifacient/sterilization mandate began to be enforced against nonprofit religious schools, charities and health care providers on January 1, 2014. Congress must address this problem without delay. Members should be urged to co-sponsor the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940, S. 1204) and work for its approval as part of ‘must-pass’ bills or other legislation.

Recommended Actions:

  • Send e-mails through NCHLA’s Grassroots Action Center: Click Here. Note: In the e-mail Action Alert you can send a separate message to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) using his special Speaker’s web form.

  • Contact your Representative and Senators by phone. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: 202-224-3121, or call your Representative’s and Senators' local offices. Full contact info can be found on Members’ web sites at: at: www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.

Suggested Message: “Please co-sponsor the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940, S. 1204) and work for its approval as part of ‘must-pass’ legislation or other bills. Government must not force Americans to violate their religious and moral beliefs on respect for life when they provide health care or purchase health coverage.”

When: The latest rule on the contraceptive/abortifacient/sterilization mandate began to be enforced January 1, 2014. Please contact your Representative and Senators today!

Background

Under the new health care law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires most health plans to cover “preventive services for women,” including drugs and procedures that many citizens find objectionable for moral and religious reasons. These objectionable items include sterilization, FDA-approved birth control (such as the IUD, Depo-Provera, “morning-after” pills, and the abortion-inducing drug Ella), and “education and counseling” to promote these to all “women of reproductive capacity,” including minor girls.

Under the final rule released by HHS on June 28, 2013, the mandate allows only a very narrow exemption for a “religious employer,” chiefly aimed at what HHS calls “houses of worship.” Other religious organizations offering education, health care and charitable services do not qualify for the exemption. The mandate begins to be enforced against them January 1, 2014, under an “accommodation” that only changes the way the objectionable items must be provided to all employees and their dependents. There is no exemption or delay for individuals, for non-religious pro-life organizations, or for businesses owned and operated by families with moral or religious objections. For more information, see: www.usccb.org/conscience


Updated 6/20/14



View printable version
(The document will be displayed in Adobe Acrobat PDF Format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, please click here to download a free copy.)

Copyright 2002-2014 NCHLA