Tell the U.S. Representatives to respect individuals' religious freedom in contraceptive coverage

Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner demanded that the Obama administration add additional exemptions to a Department of Health and Human Services regulation requiring that most employers' health insurance plans cover no-cost access to women's preventative health services, including access to contraception.

The Speaker, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and others have insisted that this requirement is a "unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country." The Speaker and other opponents of this regulation are confusing individuals' right to practice their religion without interference from the government with the notion that employers should be able to impose their beliefs on their employees.

Almost every sexually active American woman has used contraception at some point in her life. To allow religiously affiliated hospitals, schools, and nonprofits to deny millions of women access to contraception would be a gross and unconstitutional infringement on their religious liberty. This regulation does not force Catholic or other religiously affiliated hospitals or care providers to actually provide care that runs counter to their deeply held beliefs. It only requires that they, as employers, make available to their employees access to contraceptive care if their employees choose to use it.

Please tell your Representative to not support any attempt to dilute this regulation and deny millions of women access to contraception.