Sunday May 27, 2018
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On October 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two interim final rules that, together, create a broad religious and moral exemption from the HHS contraceptive mandate. Although this action does not rescind the mandate itself, it does give religious and moral objectors immediate relief from its onerous burdens. HHS has called for public comments about this policy change, and we urge you to offer comments in support of the exemptions before midnight of December 5 when the public comment period ends.

Click here to submit your comments and let the HHS know that although we still urge the Administration to reconsider and rescind the mandate, as long as the mandate is in place these broader exemptions are essential.

If you are interested in reviewing the U.S. Bishops’ comments on this important rulemaking effort, click here and here.

Thank you for taking the time to comment on these two interim final rules.