The new HHS mandate is an unprecedented attack on our religious liberties. But what can we do? Fortunately, we live in democracy. The mandate can and must be reversed. The mandate was issued in the form of a federal regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). A new federal law can reverse this HHS rule.
Missouri is fortunate to have a champion in this cause. Sen. Roy Blunt is the sponsor of the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (S. 1467), which would reverse the HHS mandate. Five of Missouri’s nine Congresspersons have sponsored companion legislation (H.R. 1179) in the U.S. House of Representatives: Sam Graves, Todd Akin, Billy Long, Baine Luetkemeyer and Vicky Hartzler. All of these folks should be thanked for their efforts.
But what about the rest of the Missouri delegation? Sen. Claire McCaskill needs to hear from thousands of Missouri citizens. She should be asked to co-sponsor Sen. Blunt’s legislation. The other four Missouri Congresspersons – Russ Carahan, William Lacy Clay, Emanuel Cleaver and Jo Ann Emerson– should be contacted and asked to co-sponsor H.R. 1179. Finally, everyone should contact President Barack Obama and express profound disappointment in the new HHS mandate.