Federal ACTION ALERT – Urge Congress to Protect Conscience Rights and Religious Liberty
BACKGROUND: The Obama Administration’s contraceptive/abortifacient/sterilization mandate will begin to be enforced against nonprofit religious schools, charities and health care providers on January 1, 2014. Congress must decide whether to address this problem before that deadline. Members of Congress should be urged to co-sponsor the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940 / S. 1204), and to work for its approval in the next must-pass bill needed to keep the federal government operating.
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, 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 will be enforced 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, or for businesses owned and operated by families with moral or religious objections.
ACTION: Send an email urging your Representative in Congress and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson to co-sponsor the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940 / S. 1204). Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives already signed on as co-sponsors will be sent a thank you message when you click below to send your email.
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