Healthcare for all not a breach of freedom

“Everyone should have access to health care and health coverage”, America’s bishops have said in a submission to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, describing as “a laudable statutory goal” the prevention of sex discrimination in health programmes and activities. 

However, the comments filed by the General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and nine partners said, proposed regulations issued in September should be revised to clarify that the regulations do not illegally require religious institutions to violate their fundamental convictions on human sexuality or to provide for or facilitate abortions.

The comments were signed by Anthony Picarello and Michael Moses, USCCB general counsel and associate general counsel, on behalf of the bishops’ conference, with other signatories including representatives of  the National Catholic Bioethics Centre, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Christian Medical Association, and the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance.