We now begin the second half of the fortnight a period of prayer, study, catechesis and action. Today we examine what actions might be done. Sharing the facts surrounding this issue with the people God puts in our path is one way we already discussed in a previous post. While this is not always an easy thing to do it is very important. This may be done face-to-face or even through social media or other means. Another important thing to do is attend a public rally. Perhaps there is one that you can attend locally? Many locals from both sides of the border are planning to attend this event in Topeka.
Something we all can and should do is to contact our state and federal representatives and let them know that the HHS contraceptive mandate (which includes a mandate for abortion causing drugs and sterilization) is wrong and that you expect them to do something to fix it at their level of government if they have any influence on the issue whatsoever. You can find a link to do so here on the USCCB website. The Missouri Catholic Conference and Kansas Catholic Conference also provide links to help you contact your representatives. You can also call your member of Congress using the Capitol Switchboard (202) 225-3121. You might not have much luck getting through today with the follow-up to the Supreme Court ruling given this morning, but we should not let this issue fall to the wayside in the wake of the larger questions over the Affordable Healthcare Act. Speak up. Let your representatives know what you think and do your best to provide clear reasons why this mandate is unjust and must be fixed before it goes into place in January 2013. If we don’t speak up then our government representatives will not know what they should know from the voters who put them in office.
Many people I have spoken with about this issue have been under the impression that this is only a federal issue. However, in Missouri it is possible that a law currently waiting to be signed or vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon could become one of the country’s strongest conscience protection laws. Here’s the scoop from the Missouri Catholic Conference website: “SB 749, if signed by Gov. Nixon, will give Missouri one of the strongest, if not the strongest, conscience protection law in the nation. Most significantly, it will allow individuals to make sure elective abortion is not included in their health coverage.
As the controversy over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate has grown, some purchasers of insurance have found out that, unbeknownst to them, their health plan covered contraceptives or even elective abortions. If enacted into law, SB 749 will put an end to this secrecy; people will know whether their plans cover items such as elective abortions, and they will be able to exclude these items from their plans if they so choose. It turns out that choice is not a concept owned by the pro-abortion forces. People of faith ought to have the right to refuse to pay for abortion and abortion drugs.”
Again, you can go to the Missouri Catholic Conference website to learn more about SB 749 and to contact Gov. Nixon and your state representative to voice your support for SB 749.