Protect Rights of Conscience and Religious Liberty
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.
- 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: Congress is now considering ‘must-pass’ fiscal legislation. 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