On January 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reaffirmed a rule that virtually all private health care plans must cover sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception. The rule is set to take effect August 1, 2012. Non-profit religious employers that do not now provide such coverage, and are not exempt under the rule’s extremely narrow definition of religious employer, will be given one year until August 1, 2013 to comply.
To correct the threats to religious liberty and rights of the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act has been introduced in Congress S. 1467. This measure will ensure 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." It is more important than ever that Members of Congress be urged to co-sponsor S. 1467.
ACTION: Contact Senator Charles Schumer, and Senator Kristen Gillibrand and tell them to support S.1467.
Go www.usccb.org/conscience for additional information.