Attention State Representatives & State Senators: Suzanne Bonamici, Greg Walden, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Ron Wyden, and Jeff Merkley:
We, the voting citizens of your district, would like to express our concern over the HHS mandate. We represent a diverse group of citizens of good will from various religions and backgrounds. We are informed women and men well aware of all controversies over this mandate.
Our Constitution requires a broad religious freedom that is being violated by this mandate. Individuals cannot practice their religious freedom if they are forced by the federal government to cover or pay for drugs and devices that go against deep moral or religious convictions.
This issue is important to Oregonians and to Americans. As voting citizens of your district, we ask you to please co-sponsor and support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179, S. 1467). The Obama administration’s decision to mandate coverage of sterilization and contraceptives, including drugs that can cause an abortion, makes passage of this measure especially urgent. Please ensure that the religious liberty and conscience rights of all participants in our nation’s health care system are respected.