Earlier this year, the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new
guidelines that require health insurance providers and organizations
providing health care plans to cover preventive health services, such as
contraception, without charging a co-payment. The Center for Inquiry (CFI)
considers this an important step forward for reproductive rights and health
However, these new
guidelines have faced fierce public opposition from organized religion. Most
notably, the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops is lobbying the HHS to either eliminate the
new guidelines or widely expand the current exemption clause – which now covers
employers whose main purpose is to promote religious doctrine – to also include
religious hospitals, charities, and universities.
This means that hundreds of
thousands of women would be left without preventative health coverage simply
because of their employer’s religiously motivated objections.
In response, CFI and several
organizations have sent a
letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, pushing her to maintain her
ground on the new guidelines. Yet recent
news reports suggest that President Barack Obama is now considering religious
arguments to expand the exemption clause.
This is where you come in.
Join CFI in telling the Obama administration to stand for science and reason,
and keep religious belief out of our health care law.
Urge President Obama to Reject Religious Lobbying on Health Care
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a friend of the Center for Inquiry, I ask that you reject pressure from organized religion to weaken new reproductive health care guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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