CFI believes the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) fails to recognize the scientific basis of the rules, and displays a regrettable lack of understanding of the concept of religious freedom. We also believe HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) has provided sufficient accommodation to religiously affiliated groups. Our letter outlines the reasons in support of our position.
Yet if HHS chooses to follow the Bishops’ logic, hundreds of thousands of women could be left without preventative health coverage simply because of their employer’s religiously motivated objections. This is unacceptable.
That’s why we need your help. HHS is allowing public comments on the new guidelines until Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Here’s how you can get involved:
1. Visit http://www.regulations.gov.
2. In the search field, type the following: CMS–9968–ANPRM.
3. Scroll to the top result and click on “Submit a Comment.”
This drawn out debate over something as basic as birth control is a perfect example of the harmful influence of religious institutions on public policy. Send a message to policy makers at HHS right now and tell them it’s time to finalize the contraceptive rule and move on.
Remember, the deadline is Tuesday, June 19, 2012!