USCCB Website for Protecting Conscience Rights in Health Care
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposal earlier this month to rescind the Bush Administration conscience protection regulation.
The public now has until April 9 to submit comments. Our voice is needed now!
Please mobilize your extended network, urging all to e-mail HHS in support of this vital regulation.
To assist you, we have set up a special webpage on conscience protection:
Among other resources, the page includes links to:
• new YouTube videos by Cardinal George, a registered nurse, a doctor, and med students explaining the need for conscience protection – including one by the nurse in Spanish
• a bulletin announcement for use in parishes
• the USCCB’s official comments to HHS
• a helpful Q&A "Defending the Conscience Rights Regulation"
• the NCHLA Action Center where e-mail messages can be sent directly to HHS. A preset message is provided, to which the sender may add personal comments.
It will also soon feature:
• a downloadable "clickable" ad that sends the user directly to our action page
• sample letters to the editor of your local papers.
• Post www.usccb.org/conscienceprotection on your web page, social networking site, diocesan newspaper, etc.
• Download the YouTube videos to similar digital outlets.
• Encourage parishes to use the bulletin announcement the coming two weekends: March 28-29 & April 4-5.
• Ask high schools and religious ed programs to show the videos.
• Place the bulletin announcement in e-newsletters.