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On August 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an "interim final rule" that will require virtually all private health plans to include coverage for all FDA-approved prescription contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and related "patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity." These are listed among "preventive services for women" that all health plans will have to include without co-pays or other cost-sharing -- regardless of whether the insurer, the employer or other plan sponsor, or even the woman herself objects to such coverage.
Concerned Americans have until September 30 to send their comments to HHS.
On September 7, Cardinal DiNardo, chair of the bishops' Committee on Pro-LIfe Acitivities, urged Congress to support conscience protection legislation in light of this "unprecedented threat to religious freedom." Please add your voice to his:
- Write to HHS opposing their recent preventive services mandate.
- Download our Nationwide Bulletin Insert in both English and Spanish to use in your parish and communities.
For more information on the HHS mandate and its inadequate conscience protection, read our Preventive Services Backgrounder.
- Write to Congress supporting the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (HR-1179).
Additional resources are provided below.