Tell Congress to Support Conscience Protections

The Federal Government is forcing Americans to violate their religious liberties. Support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act


H.R. 1179

Respect for Rights of Conscience Act

The White House “compromise” or “accommodation” still does not address religious liberty concerns. As our bishops said in response, “we note that today’s proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions.” They continued “...we renew our call on Congress to pass, and the Administration to sign, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.

We are called to a renewed commitment as laity to join our voices together and support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act to fix the Department of Health and Human Services mandate.

We must speak out and protect the conscience rights and religious freedsom!

It is well known the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) forces health care plans to provide coverage of abortion and use our tax dollars to pay for abortion. In addition, PPACA does not protect the conscience rights of health care insurers, providers, and personnel who decline to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

On February 18, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services used its regulatory power to remove what was left of conscience rights for health care professionals. On August 1, 2011, they also issued orders requiring health plans to cover contraception and sterilization and on January 20, 2012 that rule became official.

H.R. 1179, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, was introduced by Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R, NE-01)  to correct this intrustion on our conscience rights. The Senate companion legislation is S. 1467 by the same name.

The legislation amends PPACA “to permit a health plan to decline coverage of specific items and services that are contrary to the religious beliefs of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan or the purchaser or beneficiary (in the case of individual coverage) without penalty.”

It also applies similar guidance to the state health insurance exchange programs and becomes retroactive to when PPACA was signed into law by President Obama as if the language was included.

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