Stop the Reproductive Health Care Roll Back
The public has until Tues. Dec. 5th to submit written comments on the rule to expand exemptions for mandated contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Under the change, health care entities and employers with religious or moral objections to providing contraceptive coverage can be exempt from the contraceptive mandate.
The rule allows for more exemptions — not just for those entities with longstanding religious beliefs but for anyone who declared themselves morally opposed to contraceptive use. Because “moral convictions” are difficult to prove, this opens the door for arbitrary discrimination that would disproportionately affect women and their health care. As it is, many of the employers who have requested to opt out of providing contraceptive health care for religious reasons actually have no religious affiliation.
Public comments do have power — if the Dept. of Health decides to act against the wishes of the people, the people can take the issue to court. In fact, comments can have such an impact that the New York Attorney General is currently investigating hundreds of thousands of fake comments made to try to sway the FCC’s policy on net neutrality. That’s why it’s important for real people like you to get your comments on the record.
Time is running out — Make your voice heard against the rule to expand moral exemptions and accommodations for contraceptive coverage by Dec. 5th.
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