As per Cardinal DiNardo's July 22nd letter to Congress, "In a report issued this week, the Institute of Medicine proposed a list of 'preventive services for women' to be required in almost all private health plans nationwide by federal regulation, under the authority of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)." Instead of focusing on disease prevention, the IOM is trying to mandate coverage for sterilizations and abortifacients/contraceptives.
Cardinal DiNardo went on to explain that "The IOM’s proposed list of mandated benefits makes it especially urgent for Congress to bring PPACA into line with...respect for the rights of conscience. Those who sponsor, purchase and issue health plans should not be forced to violate their deeply held moral and religious convictions in order to take part in the health care system or provide for the needs of their families or their employees. To force such an unacceptable choice would be as much a threat to universal access to health care as it is to freedom of conscience. Therefore I urge you to support and co-sponsor the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, to help preserve respect in federal law for the freedom to follow the dictates of one’s conscience."
I respectfully request that you introduce legislation in the Senate, comparable to the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011 (HR 1179).
Cardinal DiNardo has also urged support for the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (S. 165). I again request that you co-sponsor and support this legislation.