Join CFI in Urging HHS to Keep Religion Out of Reproductive Health Care Rules

September 28, 2011

On August 1, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new guidelines that require health insurance providers and organizations providing health care plans to cover preventive health services, such as contraception, without charging a co-payment. The Center for Inquiry (CFI) considers this an important step forward for reproductive rights and health care.

However, these new guidelines are currently facing fierce public opposition from organized religion. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and its members are lobbying HHS either to eliminate the new contraception guidelines or widely expand the current exemption clause – which now covers employers whose main purpose is to promote religious doctrine – to include religious hospitals and charities.

This means that hundreds of thousands of women would be left without preventative health coverage simply because of their employer’s religiously motivated objections.

In response, CFI and several organizations are sending a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, pushing her to maintain her ground on the new guidelines. However, Sebelius is facing mounting pressure from religious groups and believers. 

This is where you come in. HHS is allowing public comments on the new guidelines until Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. This means you have the ability to join CFI in voicing your opinion on these critically important health care guidelines.

Here’s how you can get involved:

1.   Visit www.regulations.gov.

2.   Under “Enter Keyword or ID,” type the following: CMS-9992-IFC2.

3.   Scroll to the top result and click on “Submit a Comment.”

Remember, the deadline is Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Message Secretary Sebelius now and be a part of the effort to keep religious belief out of our health care laws.

Thank you.