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Renewed action urged against HHS mandate

Catholic World News - April 25, 2012

The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)--which works closely with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on abortion-related legislation--is urging pro-life Americans to offer public comment on the Obama administration’s mandate on insurance coverage of contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

“In a March 21 notice proposing additional rulemaking, the Administration suggests various ways the new mandate can be applied to religious organizations,“ the NCHLA explained in an action alert. “The public has until June 19 to submit comments. The fundamental legal and moral concerns about government intrusion into religious ministries are not addressed. Whatever funding and administrative mechanisms are ultimately chosen, many deeply religious institutions that serve the common good will be forbidden to provide their own employees or students with health coverage consistent with their values.”

In addition, the NCHLA is calling upon pro-life citizens to contact members of Congress in support of the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which was tabled by a 51-48 Senate vote on March 1.

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