Stop Planned Parenthood's assault on women's health and conscience rights
Monday, August 15, 2011 - By Rita Diller

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is trumpeting the Obama administration’s mandate for free birth control in all new insurance plans as a huge victory:

Huge, wonderful, important news: Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will require all new insurance plans to cover birth control without co-pays under the new health reform law.

This is one of the biggest victories for women's health in a generation-and you helped make it happen. It took years for us to get to this point.

The free birth control she rightfully claims as a huge victory for Planned Parenthood is, in fact, a huge assault on women's health and the conscience rights of millions of Americans.

The HHS ruling requires provision of free Group 1 carcinogens for women in the form of oral contraceptives. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization, lists estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives among 106 other deadly substances like arsenic, asbestos, and tobacco on its most dangerous list of substances-those classified as "carcinogenic to humans."

The deadly effects of contraception on babies, women, the environment, and marriages are well documented. See our website www.thepillkills.com for more information.

As predicted by American Life League, the vehicle used to require the coverage of abortifacient birth control-and eventually surgical abortion-under the guise of preventive medicine is a Trojan horse. Obamacare provided the Trojan horse in the form of a health benefits advisory committee established in the Affordable Care Act. The Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee on the Determination of Essential Health Benefits is today charged with making recommendations to the secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, on the criteria for determining what constitutes essential health benefits for insurance plans sold in exchanges.

Secretary Sebelius, former governor of Kansas, gives credit to Planned Parenthood for raising substantial funds for her gubernatorial bid. And Planned Parenthood's encroachment upon the rights of individuals and religious institutions multiplies under her watch as secretary of HHS.

The religious exemption crafted in connection with the mandate is so narrow that it applies only to nonprofit organizations, and limits the definition of a religious employer to "one that: (1) has the inculcation of religious values as its purpose; (2) primarily employs persons who share its religious tenets; (3) primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets; and (4) is a nonprofit organization."

Thus, millions of Catholics would be required to provide and/or participate in insurance plans with free birth control coverage. It also appears it would force Catholic health care institutions to either provide the coverage, or cease employing and serving non-Catholics.

You can read the guidelines and the exemption in full here.

Action Alert: Tell HHS you object to the contraceptive free-for-all

HHS must accept public comments on its ruling over the next 60 days. It is critical that people of good will contact HHS and register their disgust with this mandate that we must pay for other people's birth control-against morality, against our will, and against our religious convictions.

Please go to our action center today and let HHS and other government agencies involved know that this rule is unacceptable and must be repealed.

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Jennifer A | 2012-02-28 09:23:31
I wanted to answer Michael L.'s question. I was married in the Catholic Church and we had to take a class about other birth control methods. In this class, I learned why the Catholic Church is against birth control. Mind you, I went to Catholic School all my life and was never told this information. I was told that the reason why they are against birth control, is because it changes the uterine lining and therefore a fertilized egg cannot implant itself into the uterine lining and therefore the egg would be aborted immediately. Hope this information helps.
Steven Domangue | 2012-02-23 18:41:06
It is time for all Americans to let the government know that our Christian faith and our freedoms come from God. They have no authority to force us to live against God's will and follow their warped idealistic ways.
Michael L | 2012-02-19 14:32:39
There is so much confusion on this matter, and the Church is still silent as to WHY we Catholics should abhor contraceptive pills, condoms or any other form of birth control.
Jill | 2011-11-30 12:21:27
I think this is a good thing. Not everyone can support a child or raise them in a good and safe environment. Just because a person may use contraceptives doesn't mean they are never going to reproduce in the future. The world is already overpopulated so preventing a pregnancy doesn't necessarily mean the world is going to end.
Emmanuel K | 2011-10-14 14:00:44
Well, those who perpetrate and support evil of any kind and abortion in particular, GOD will erase their names from the BOOK OF LIFE and will not enroll them among His urpright,,,PSALM 69:28. This is a sign of tremendous spiritual poverty. The Word of GOD says in Haggai 1:5 "consider your ways", the American nation should consider her ways.
Susan Rawlings | 2011-09-20 13:40:25
I can't believe how intrusive the federal government has become. Since when did they get into the pharmaceuticals business? And the reproduction control business? We need to really focus on our young adults and teens, and share with them as many messages about conservative, pro-life beliefs and values as possible. A new magazine, The Conservative Teen, is an excellent resource for this. You can find it online, too at http://www.theconservativeteen.com/toc.
George Wolfe | 2011-08-22 20:13:30
We are praying for you and all God's people, especially the least. God bless all our hearts and the heart of all humanity.
Bea Parham | 2011-08-21 14:37:03
[Mrs. Sebelius], Please stop controlling the women of this country and trying to destroy the little children God, yes, God, is sending to help our nation. You have no right to force health insurance companies to cover health care for women enabling them to kill their children and forcing religious groups to abide by your evil plan. You are supposed to be a Catholic woman. You are not.
Amelia Volz | 2011-08-20 12:34:10
Forcing tax payers to contribute without choice to promote the so called "pro-choice" agenda is quite hypocritical and deceptive. Please do not support the distribution of contraceptives. This is not what health care is about. Being pregnant is not an illness. If need be, pregnancies can be prevented by healthy means and choices.