The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association have submitted official comments to HHS in opposition to the proposed rule to force Catholic employers to violate their conscience.
Sr. Clare Christi Schiefer, O.S.F., president of PCHA, writes, “PCHA urges that employers, charitable, health care and educational facilities, insurers and individuals with religious or moral objections be excluded from the mandate. The assault on religion mounted by this mandate is staggering. It is time for the mandate to be amended to shed the bias against the very ministries created to advance Christ’s gospel values. Finally, PCHA urges removal of the inclusion of prescription contraception including abortifacients, surgical sterilization and counseling from the list of preventive services.”