In the short week before they leave for the summer recess, members of Congress are planning to consider yet another bill which will whittle away an individual’s right to follow his or her conscience when determining healthcare needs. Under the guise of protecting religious freedom, the Conscience Protection Act (HR 4828) would allow employers, insurance companies, hospitals and other healthcare entities to opt out of providing crucial reproductive healthcare services and limit access to those services. This dangerous bill would prevent the federal government from enforcing the coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act and allow the religious beliefs of employers, corporations and other entities to usurp the conscience and health rights of individual employees.
As Catholics, we believe in real religious liberty—that which protects both freedom of religion and freedom from religion—and we know the majority of US Catholics agree. After a relative silence during their annual Fortnight for Freedom, the bishops are now pushing HR 4828—and thus, their own draconian view of religious liberty—to be passed by Congress.
Catholics for Choice amplifies the voices of everyday Catholics who believe in real religious freedom for everyone. If HR 4828 is passed, it will hurt all people in the US, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. We need you to stand up for real religious freedom and encourage your friends and family to do the same. If you have any questions about this legislation or if you are interested in being further involved with Catholics for Choice, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.