Saturday, September 17, 2011

URGENT: USCCB Action Alert on Conscience Protection

Please check out and take action at this link on an action alert concerning the (lack of) freedom of conscience for religious groups in the latest Health and Human Services directives.

The USCCB writes:

On August 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an "interim final rule" that will require virtually all private health plans to include coverage for all FDA-approved prescription contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and related "patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity." These are listed among "preventive services for women" that all health plans will have to include without co-pays or other cost-sharing -- regardless of whether the insurer, the employer or other plan sponsor, or even the woman herself objects to such coverage.

Concerned Americans have until September 30 to send their comments to HHS.

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