Oppose Attack on Conscience and Religious Freedom

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores that the HHS contraceptive mandate cannot be used to force a family business to provide coverage for drugs and devices that violates the family members’ religious convictions.

Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops Newsletter

ACTION ALERT
OPPOSE ATTACK ON CONSCIENCE AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
 

BACKGROUND: On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores that the HHS contraceptive mandate cannot be used to force a family business to provide coverage for drugs and devices that violates the family members’ religious convictions.  The Court relied on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1993. Legal challenges by non-profit religious groups are still pending.
 
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has introduced a bill (S. 2578) that would not only reverse Hobby Lobby, but go far beyond that decision.  It negates any right that employers, insurers or employees may have, under RFRA or any other federal law, to opt out of federally mandated coverage. 

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).” Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Lori chair the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively.

ACTION: The U.S. Senate may vote in the next few days on this anti-conscience bill. Please contact U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio today and tell them to vote NO on S. 2578! 

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