The following is taken from an email sent out by the Americans United For Life
This is a call for action: the conscience rights of Americans are under attack. We must urge Congress to protect our conscience rights by supporting the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.
The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) by the 111th Congress in March 2010 created unparalleled threats to the conscience rights of insurers and purchasers of insurance. The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, introduced by Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) in the House and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the Senate, amends the PPACA to protect individual rights of conscience, including the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health care coverage that is consistent with one’s religious beliefs and moral convictions.
The recent regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services mandating that all insurance plans provide coverage of all FDA-approved contraceptives—including the abortion-inducing drug ella—marks perhaps the greatest attack on conscience rights in American history. This mandate forces Americans to subsidize abortion-inducing drugs and devices with their insurance premiums, thereby violating the conscience rights of countless Americans. The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act prohibits the PPACA from mandating that health plans offer coverage for items or services contrary to the sponsor, issuer, or other entity’s religious beliefs or moral convictions, and ensures that health plan issuers or health care providers are not forced to provide coverage for items or services contrary to their conscience.
Follow this link to contact your representatives while they are home in their districts during the August recess. Ask them to co-sponsor the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act to ensure the conscience rights of Americans are protected.
Importantly, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act also safeguards health care providers from being coerced to participate in, provide, or refer for a specific item or service contrary to the provider’s religious beliefs or moral convictions. Passage of this bill is essential to preserve the conscience rights that form the bedrock of American freedom.