NCHLA Action Center
Here you will find information regarding action alerts. Also, you can search and find information pertaining to contacting your congressperson.
We hope that this section will help you plan your pro-life activism, and inform you as to what is currently happening in the legislative community.
Current Action Alerts
Urge the Administration to Rescind the Contraceptive Mandate
Deadline for Comments Fast Approaching (updated on 10/22/2014)
The Administration’s contraceptive mandate requires health plans to cover abortifacient drugs and devices, contraceptives, and sterilization procedures for women. Recently the Administration issued two new rules on the mandate. A deadline for sending comments is fast approaching.
Currently only houses of worship are exempt from the mandate. The new rules don’t change that. The new proposals instead consist of “interim final rules” (IRF) that slightly modify what the government calls an “accommodation” for nonprofit religious organizations not exempted from the mandate, and “proposed rules” (PR) that would extend the “accommodation” to closely-held for-profit companies.
Support No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Acts (updated on 9/22/2014)
On September 15, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report revealing that over a thousand health care plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cover elective abortions and that many health plans do not inform enrollees about the inclusion and cost of abortion coverage. These problems flow directly from defects in the ACA. On January 28, the House joined together two measures that would correct these problems and passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7).
The Senate must act. Either take up and pass H.R. 7, or pass the separate bills, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (S. 946) and the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (S. 1848).
S. 2578’s Unprecedented Attack on Conscience and Religious Freedom (updated on 8/14/2014)
In its recent Hobby Lobby decision, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the HHS contraceptive mandate as applied to closely held for-profit corporations with a religious objection, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In reaction, a bill called the "Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act" (S. 2578) was introduced. Ranging very broadly, the bill negates any right that employers, insurers, employees or private individuals may have, under RFRA or any other federal law, to opt out of federally mandated coverage for any item. On July 16, a motion to consider S. 2578 narrowly failed in the Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) preserved the right to reconsider the vote. As a result, the bill can be brought up again for a vote. Please send follow-up messages to your Senators today!
Protect Rights of Conscience and Religious Liberty (updated on 6/20/2014)
The Obama Administration’s contraceptive/abortifacient/sterilization mandate begins to be enforced against nonprofit religious schools, charities and health care providers on January 1, 2014. Congress must address this problem without delay. Members of Congress should be urged to co-sponsor the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940, S. 1204) and work for its approval as part of ‘must-pass’ bills or other legislation.
41st Anniversary of Roe (updated on 6/19/2014)
The year 2014 marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that created a right to abortion. Since these decisions were issued, more than 55 million unborn children have died. The regime of Roe and Doe is opposed by millions of Americans and has been severely criticized by many legal scholars as lacking a basis in the Constitution. Members of Congress are urged to work to end Roe and Doe as the law of the land.