Federal ACTION ALERT
BACKGROUND: The 2010 comprehensive health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), poses new risks to religious freedom and rights of conscience. The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179) will correct this problem by ensuring that those who participate in the health care system “retain the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions” and ensure that PPACA does not create new pressures to exclude these participants from PPACA’s plans or programs.
Recent developments have confirmed the need for H.R. 1179. On July 19, an advisory body recommended to the Department of Health and Human Services a list of “preventive services” for women to be covered under PPACA. Cardinal DiNardo, the U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chair, objected to the report’s mandated coverage not only for surgical sterilization but also for “all FDA-approved birth control (including the IUD, ‘morning-after’ pills, and the abortion-inducing drug Ella)” and for “education and counseling” to promote these among all “women of reproductive capacity.” If HHS accepts these recommendations, all insurance plans will be required to cover these controversial practices without a co-pay from recipients. See: www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2011/11-143.shtml.
For more information see: Conscience in Health Care: A Vanishing Right?
ACTION: By clicking the link below, send an electronic message to your U.S. Representative urging him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 1179, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act and to Florida’s two U.S. Senators urging them to introduce the bill in the Senate.
Representatives Jeff Miller (District 1) and Tom Rooney (District 16) are already co-sponsors of the bill. If either is your representative, a thank you message will be sent when clicking below.
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