Action Alert: Protect Medical Services from Religious Objectors
Last month the Secular Coalition for America asked its grassroots activists to contact the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency (HHS) to express outrage that proposed regulations redefined contraception as abortion. The new proposal leaves out that specific provision. However, the current official proposal is broad enough to allow anyone working or volunteering in any medical or research facility which receives any federal funding to refuse to serve patients or conduct research to avoid violating their "conscience."
HHS is accepting comment regarding the proposed regulation until September 25, 2008. It is essential that they hear from as many people as possible.
Please tell Secretary Leavitt that these proposed regulations to allow a medical professional to object to performing tasks that they oppose for religious reasons will mean denying a patient the right to medically sound information, products, and procedures.
Send the following sample e-mail to HHS, or craft your own. Feel free to adapt this sample to your specific concerns. While the Secular Coalition for America is also sending its comments, individuals' grassroots communication can make the difference on this issue.