United States: an open letter to extend the right to conscientious objection

Publié le : 9 July 2013

 On 2 July, close to 70 religious groups, led by the Conference of Catholic Bishops, published an open letter to protest against the health reform of president Obama which imposes health cover for contraception on employers.

The letter, signed by the authorities of the American Catholic Church as well as Orthodox, Evangelist, Baptist, Lutheran and Mormon groups, along with the Church of Scientology and twenty deans of mostly Catholic universities, calls on the Department of Health and Human Services to "expand conscience protections under the mandate to cover any organization or individual that has religious or moral objections to covering, providing or enabling access to the mandated drugs and services." At the same time it calls on Congress to "consider how it can act to prevent offenses to religious freedom."
The signatories of the letter express their anxiety: "if the federal government can force morally opposed individuals to purchase contraception or abortion-causing drugs (…) what prevents it from forcing other Americans to betray their deeply held convictions?"

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