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Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Lori to Senate: Oppose Bill that Attacks Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON—In a letter sent July 14 to all U.S. Senators, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore stated their “strong opposition to the misnamed ‘Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014’ (S. 2578).”
“Though cast as a response to the Supreme Court’s narrow decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the bill ranges far beyond that decision, potentially attacking all existing federal protections of conscience and religious freedom regarding health coverage mandates,” they wrote. More…
Federal Legislative Action Alert
In its recent Hobby Lobby decision, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the HHS contraceptive mandate as applied to closely held for-profit corporations violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In reaction, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act (S. 2578). Ranging very broadly, the bill negates any right that employers, insurers or employees may have, under RFRA or any other federal law, to opt out of federally mandated coverage. On July 16, a motion to consider S. 2578 narrowly failed in the Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) preserved the right to reconsider the vote. As a result, the bill can be brought up again at any time. Please send follow-up messages to your Senators today!
Support International Religious Freedom
More and more people around the world, especially Christians, face discrimination, attacks and even death because of their faith. The violence in the Middle East has led to mass migrations so many wonder if there will be Christians left in the place of Christ’s birth. Let Congress know that you support reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a vital voice to protect vulnerable religious minorities.
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