Please ask Congress to protect the right of conscientious objection to abortion. Please urge your federal elected Representative and Senators to support the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA). This proposal is part of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (HR 940), and is now included in the House’s Labor/Health and Human Services appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016 (HR 3020, secs. 530 (d) and (e)). Ask members to include this language in final must-pass funding legislation this year. Please take action today through the link below.
The need for this legislation has grown more urgent since last year, when the state of California started forcing almost all health plans in the state to pay for elective abortions, even late-term abortions. There is no exemption for religious or moral objections. A mandate for hospitals, even religious hospitals, to perform abortions could be next.
California’s coercive policy clearly violates a federal law known as the Weldon amendment, which forbids governments receiving federal health care funds to discriminate against those who decline to take part in abortion. Unfortunately, this and other existing laws have loopholes and legal weaknesses that make them ineffective against such challenges. For example, nurses threatened with loss of their jobs unless they assist in abortions have found they have no right to go to court to see the law enforced. Congress should reaffirm a principle that has long enjoyed broad bipartisan support: Government should not force hospitals, doctors, nurses and other providers to stop offering much-needed health care because they cannot in conscience participate in destroying a developing human life.
RECOMMEND ACTION TO TAKE IMMIEDIATELY:
Contact your federal Representative and Senators by phone or email. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, or call their local offices (contact information for all Colorado Representatives and Senators can be found below).
If you need help finding out who your elected representatives are please click HERE
SUGGESTED MESSAGE: “Please help ensure that the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA), now included in the House’s Labor/HHS appropriations bill (Secs. 530 (d) and (e) of HR 3020), is enacted as part of end-of-year must-pass legislation. Government must not force Americans to violate their religious and moral beliefs about respect for life when they provide health services”.
VIDEO: STAND WITH CATHY ON CONSCIENCE RIGHTS – CLICK HERE TO WATCH
ARTICLE: A TIME TO STAND FOR CONSCIENCE RIGHTS – CLICK HERE TO READ
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR COLORADO FEDERAL SENTATORS & REPRESENTATIVES
Senator Michael Bennet
Toll Free: 866-455-9866
Local Phone: 303-455-7600
Senator Cory Gardner
Phone: (202) 224-5941
Local Phone: : 303-391-5777
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR COLORADO US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Representative Diana DeGette (D) Congressional District 1
Phone: (202) 225-4431
Local Phone: 303-844-4988
Representative Jared Polis (D) Congressional District 2
Phone: (202) 225-2161
Local Phone: 303-484-9596
Representative Scott Tipton (R) Congressional District 3
Phone: (202) 225-4761
Local Phone: 719-542-1073
Representative Ken Buck (R) Congressional District 4
Phone: (202) 225-4676
Local Phone: 720-639-9165
Representative Doug Lamborn (R) Congressional District 5
Phone: (202) 225-4422
Local Phone: 719-520-0055
Representative Mike Coffman (R) Congressional District 6
Washington, DC Office
Local Phone: 720-748-7514
Representative Ed Perlmutter (D) Congressional District 7
Local Phone: 303-274-7944