Tomorrow, September 30th is the deadline to object to the new U.S. Health and Human Services rule forcing all private insurance plans to cover the abortifacient drug “ELLA” as well as abortifacient contraceptives.
Planned Parenthood asked for the recent contraceptive mandate. Health care plans will now be required to provide birth control for free to essentially all women, and plans can no longer charge a patient a copayment, coinsurance or deductive” for these services under the Obama administration guidelines.
Pro-life Americans will be subsidizing the use of abortifacient contraceptives, including the abortion causing drug, ELLA through their increased insurance premiums. In addition Religious institutions, such as Catholic Charities or Baptist Children’s Home, will not be able to “opt out” unless they are comprised only of members of their particular faith providing services only to members of their particular faith. Traditionally, religious service organizations have ministered to all those in need, regardless of their religious beliefs. Secular organizations with a moral or religious objection to coverage of anti-life “preventive” measures will also be ineligible for the exemption.
Should the rule be finalized in its present form, a federal law must be passed in order to overturn it. The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179 and S 1467) are bills that would accomplish that. U.S. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is sponsor of S. 1467. Please contact Sen. Blunt (here) and thank him for sponsoring this important legislation. Contact Sen. Claire McCaskill (here) and ask her to support S. 1467. Contact your congressperson(here) and ask them to support H.R. 1179.