Goal: Stop the religious exemptions of contraceptive services in the Affordable Care Act.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is being pressured by religious institutions to include an expanded exemption under the Affordable Care Act, in order to deny contraceptive services to their employees. This would be a disservice to women who work for these institutions.
Under the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services stipulated that as part of women’s preventive health services, insurance companies would be required to provide contraceptive services and counseling to women without co-payments or deductibles.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has demanded that the exemption for religious institutions be widened and that the coverage of contraceptive services be removed entirely. The USCCB and its religious allies, notorious for their anti-reproductive freedom rhetoric, pose a real threat to women’s access to affordable birth control through the Affordable Care Act.
Employees should not be deprived of access to birth control or other contraceptive services and counseling simply because of their employers’ religion. Affordable access to contraception, furthers women’s economic and educational opportunities, and should not be subject to employers’ opinion on the subject.
Please sign the petition below to urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allow no exemptions to religious institutions, and to permit the coverage for contraceptive services and counseling to all women under the Affordable Care Act.
I urge you to block the religious exemptions of insurance coverage of contraceptive services in the Affordable Care Act. This is not simply a Women’s Reproductive Right issue, but also a Worker’s Right one, and a basic tenet of the separation of Church and State. No employer should deny basic preventive health coverage to its employees, based on their religion. If allowed to pass, the many women who work for Catholic institutions, regardless of their religious persuasion, will be unfairly disadvantaged.
Contraception, a basic preventive health measure, should not be placed in the hands of a fringe minority. Allowing religious institutions to prevent women from basic preventive health care is preposterous and the federal government has no place in allowing any religion to meddle in its policies. I hope that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes the importance of allowing access to affordable contraceptive services and counseling under the Affordable Care Act, and blocks the religious exemptions.
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