Group Urges Pro-Lifers to Oppose the HHS Mandate Before Deadline

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 1, 2013   |   6:01PM   |   Washington, DC

The deadline for the public to give its official input against the HHS mandate that requires companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs is April 8. One pro-life Catholic group wants pro-life people to weigh in before the deadline expires.

“One week. That’s the time left to tell Secretary Sebelius that you oppose the latest version of the HHS Mandate. The federal department is required to accept comments up until Monday, April 8,” Brian Burch of CatholicVote says.

But isn’t this just a waste of time? No, he says.

“Registering your opposition to the HHS mandate is critical to show our political leaders that enough Americans still care deeply about stopping this mandate,” he explains. “If our elected officials (including those on our side) sense we are giving up, then nothing will change.”

“For example, as of Easter Sunday 80,901 people have registered comments on the latest HHS proposal, bringing the total comments the proposed “accommodation” to 147,000 – the largest number of comments on a government regulation in our nation’s history,” he said. “Recall that the most recent proposed revisions to the notorious HHS mandate changed very little. The only entities that will qualify for an exemption are “houses of worship” excluding Catholic universities, hospitals and charities – not to mention every for-profit business owned by a person of faith. This is serious. And it must be stopped. But it’s going into effect August 1 unless we act soon.”



ACTION: Submit your opposition to the HHS mandate by going to!submitComment;D=CMS-2012-0031-63161