Normally, the Texas Catholic Conference asks you to contact your elected representative to oppose proposals like this. This time, in addition to contacting your representative, we are asking that you make your voice heard during the public comment phase of the Department of Health and Human Services' rulemaking process. At this time, it appears that the only area subject to reconsideration is the narrowly defined "religious employer" language. CONTINUE READING.Bishop Vann has issued a position statement, that you should also read. It is very well done. Here is a snip:
The Catholic Health Association (CHA) has also strongly opposed this HHS mandate because of the inclusion of contraception and the inadequate conscience protections for religious institutions. You may find the statement from CHA on their website at http://www.chausa.org/.
Secondly, the mandating of contraceptives to be universally made available under the guise of preventative care is seriously flawed and misleading. Contraception is almost always prescribed for personal and lifestyle reasons, and not for any type of preventative medicine. In addition, contraception poses serious health risks to women such as a significantly increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease which are the very health conditions and diseases that HHS is trying to prevent.