Action Alert: Write to Protect Conscience Rights in Health Care by 9/30
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Monday, September 19 at 4:00pm – September 30 at 11:30pm
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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Religious liberty is under unprecedented attack…but you can do something about it TODAY!
On August 1, HHS issued an “interim final rule” that will require nearly all private health plans to include full coverage for all drugs approved by the FDA as contraceptives and sterilization procedures (for both women AND men).
These are listed among “preventive services for women” that all health plans will have to include without co-pays or other cost-sharing — overriding the conscientiously-held objections of the insurer, the employer/plan sponsor, or even the woman herself!
Not even Jesus himself would qualify for HHS’s narrow “religious exemption.”
That means that regardless of our beliefs and morals, we will be forced to subsidize drugs, devices & surgical procedures that treat pregnancy as a disease and fertility as a pathological condition.
Some of those drugs & devices (IUD’s) can act as abortifacients, killing unborn humans at their earliest, most delicate stages of development. “Ella” (which is marketed as an “emergency contraceptive”) can actually interrupt an established pregnancy after implantation, like the abortion drug it’s related to, RU-486.
Let HHS know: Pregnancy is NOT a disease — and we will not be forced to treat it that way with our private insurance premiums.
To hear a podcast of the bishops’ action alert put out through NCHLA, go to: http://nchla.org/datasource/idocuments/9aaHHSmandate1e.11.wma.
Visit the USCCB’s Conscience Protection page @ http://www.usccb.org/conscience to learn more and send your personalized pre-written message.
We have until 11:59 pm on Friday, Sept 30 to make our voices heard.
PS: You don’t have to be Catholic to be deeply concerned about conscience rights. We welcome participation from other concerned citizens, too.