Action Alert: HHS Mandate Violates Conscience Rights
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued an interim rule requiring almost all private health plans to cover contraception and sterilization as “preventive services” for women. The rule does include a religious exemption for a religious employer, but only one which has “inculcation of religious values” as its purpose, primarily employs and serves persons of the same faith, and meets narrow provisions of the U.S. tax code.
Many Catholic colleges and universities, hospitals, and charitable organizations would not qualify for an exemption with these standards. Catholic elementary and secondary schools who have non-Catholic students would also not qualify.
Tell HHS that health care mandates should NOT require persons or institutions to violate their moral or religious beliefs:
I urge you to allow all organizations and individuals to offer, sponsor, and obtain health coverage that does not violate their moral and religious convictions. The religious exemption for employers must be broadened so that sterilization and prescription contraceptives, especially those which may cause an early abortion, are not required in private health plans. Conscience rights and religious freedom must be respected.
Submission deadline is September 30th. You may submit your message directly to HHS here (click the "Submit a Comment" button).
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