Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Help Stop "Religious Belief" Assault on Contraception

Graffiti billboard photo by Jill Posener
(Graffiti billboard photo by Jill Posener.)

Help Stop "Religious Belief" Assault on Contraception

On July 23, I posted here about a proposed change to Department of Health and Human Services regulations which would allow the re-definition of contraception as "abortion" and the subsequent denial of contraceptive services on religious grounds. A month later, despite action by Senator Hillary Clinton, the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project, and others, those suggested changes were made into formal proposals.

According to the ACLU, "The rule leaves open the possibility that -- based on religious beliefs -- institutions and individuals can deny women access to birth control. It also permits individuals to refuse to provide information and counseling about basic heath care services. And it expands existing laws by permitting a wider range of health care professionals to refuse to provide even referrals for abortions.

"The public comment period on these insidious regulations is open until September 25. Help generate a massive outcry."

Click on the link below to submit a form with your objection. The response thus far is very encouraging. And please help spread the word.

Protect Birth Control