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In February 2013 the Obama administration published a new “proposed rule” containing revisions to its earlier mandate requiring most health plans to cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.
These revisions did very little to correct the underlying problem with the mandate. A large number of religious organizations, including schools, colleges and universities, hospitals and charitable organizations will be forced to provide objectionable coverage. Businesses and individuals of faith will lose the right to provide health care coverage that respects their deeply held religious and moral convictions.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed serious concerns about the new proposed rule and its violation of religious freedom. Please see a concise 1-page document here.
Public comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on the proposed rule are due on April 8. The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, that works closely with USCCB, provides an easy way to submit a comment, including draft language. To visit their dedicated page, click here.
Please note: this link is also found on the website of USCCB, here.