30 Jan 2012:
Support Respect for Rights of Conscience Act
As the owner of a company that employs 35 people, and as a Catholic, HHS's reaffirmation that virtually all private health care plans must cover sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception, means that our government is purposely putting me in the position of having to choose between doing something I know to be wrong and providing healthcare coverage for my employees.
No government should ever have the authority to put its citizens in this position. For this reason I am asking you to please co-sponsor the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179). This measure ensures that the rights of conscience of all participants in our nation's health care system will be respected.
Perhaps this is the administration's way to force employers like me to abandon our health care policies, so that Obama Care may replace it. No such action can end well for the citizens of the USA. I pray that you will stand up to this low manipulation of the free market and our individual rights. Our Catholic communities will be watching your vote on this subject.
Respectfully, Robert R. Shearer