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Federal Legislation
January 27, 2012

H.R. 1179—Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011

Action Requested:
HSLDA urges you to contact your U.S. representative and tell him or her to support H.R. 1179. To find your U.S. representative’s contact information, please use HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox. It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Your message can be as simple as, “Please support H.R. 1179, to allow health care stakeholders to opt out of certain health care coverage for religious reasons. The Department of Health and Human Services should not have the power to require employers to cover drugs to which they have moral objections.”

H.R. 1179 would expand the current religious exemptions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act so that any health care stakeholder can opt out of coverage they find is against their religious beliefs and moral convictions.

3/28/2011 Referred to House Subcommittee on Health

Sponsor: Representative Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1)

Bill Summary—H.R. 1179

HSLDA’s Position:

Talking Points:
With new regulations put in place by PPACA (which HSLDA opposed), most health insurance plans in the United States will have to provide the full range of birth control drugs by August of next year. The birth control drugs include abortion-inducing drugs like controversial Ella and the “morning after pill.” The religious exemption put in place by President Obama is so extremely narrow that only churches or other houses of worship will be able to refuse to participate in plans offering these drugs without facing a penalty. We believe that it should be broadened to not only include houses of worship, but also religious organizations, religious colleges, and employer-funded private health insurance plans if the employer has a conscientious objection to using corporate funds to pay for birth control or abortion-inducing drugs.

 Other Resources

“Federal Government Tramples Conscience Protections”

HSLDA’s comments to HHS on Conscience Protections (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)