Bishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty


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ABSTRACTBishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty Home | Offices | Bookstore | Contact Us | Share | Subscribe Buscar / Search:  Prayer and Worship Liturgical Calendar Prayers Blessings Devotionals Liturgical Resources Resources for the Eucharist Sacraments Roman Missal Beliefs and Teachings Who We Teach How We Teach What We Believe Dialogue With Others Vocations Issues and Action Get Involved Take Action Now Religious Liberty Faithful Citizenship Marriage and Family Cultural Diversity Human Life and Dignity Child and Youth Protection Media Audio Blogs and Columns Catholic News Service Media Relations Movie Reviews News Releases Video Bible Today's Reading Books of the Bible Understanding the Bible Approved Translations Liturgy Permissions Catholic Giving Opportunities for Giving Ways to Get Involved About USCCB Strategic Plan Priority Plan Leadership Bishops and Dioceses USCCB Offices Contact USCCB Financial Reporting USCCB Employment Print | Share | Calendar | Diocesan Locator        Related Information Bi Lingual Respect Life Program Packet for 2011 12 Now Available Life Issues Forum: The High Costs of “Free” Birth Control Foro Asuntos de Vida: Los altos costos del control de la natalidad “gratuito” Preventive Services Backgrounder History of the National Prayer Vigil for Life Cardinal DiNardo Issues Respect Life Month Statement National Prayer Vigil for Life Frequently Asked Questions Comments on Proposed FDA Regulations Comments on Proposed FDA Regulations on the Distribution of Emergency Contraceptives 2003 Emergency Contraception Fails to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion Fact Sheet: Contraceptive Mandates Greater Access to Contraception Does Not Reduce Abortions contraception and abortion the underlying link Linda Hunt Named Associate General Secretary of USCCB USCCB Committees Word of Life Bishops’ Pro Life Chair Strongly Opposes Recommended Mandate for Birth Control, Sterilization in Private Health Plans USCCB Urges Rescission of HHS Contraceptive Mandate, Criticizes ‘Inexplicably Narrow’ Definition of Religious Freedom Conscience Protection Cardinal Calls For Greater Conscience Protection In Health Care Reform On Eve Of Subcommittee Hearing see all 20 pages Other News Releases: March 30, 2012 Diverse Backgrounds, Faith Journeys Make Up New Catholics of 2012 March 27, 2012 U.S. Bishops, Other Denominations File Amicus Curiae Brief In Supreme Court Case Of Arizona Vs. United States March 27, 2012 Catholic Home Missions Appeal Supports Pastoral Services, Seminarian Formation and Evangelization in U.S. Dioceses March 26, 2012 Subcomité De Obispos Para América Latina Anuncia Ayudas Para La Region Del Caribe Al Visitar El Papa A Cuba Audio Blogs and Columns Catholic News Service Media Relations Movie Reviews News Releases Video   USCCB > Media > News Releases >   Bishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty   February 10, 2012 Regulatory changes limited and unclear Rescission of mandate only complete solution Continue urging passage of Respect for Rights of Conscience Act WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued the following statement: The Catholic bishops have long supported access to life-affirming healthcare for all, and the conscience rights of everyone involved in the complex process of providing that healthcare. That is why we raised two serious objections to the "preventive services" regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August 2011. First , we objected to the rule forcing private health plans — nationwide, by the stroke of a bureaucrat's pen—to cover sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion. All the other mandated "preventive services" prevent disease, and pregnancy is not a disease . Moreover, forcing plans to cover abortifacients violates existing federal conscience laws. Therefore, we called for the rescission of the mandate altogether. Second , we explained that the mandate would impose a burden of unprecedented reach and severity on the consciences of those who consider such "services" immoral: insurers forced to write policies including this coverage; employers and schools forced to sponsor and subsidize the coverage; and individual employees and students forced to pay premiums for the coverage. We therefore urged HHS, if it insisted on keeping the mandate, to provide a conscience exemption for all of these stakeholders—not just the extremely small subset of "religious employers" that HHS proposed to exempt initially. Today, the President has done two things. First , he has decided to retain HHS's nationwide.......