AHA News |  

Take Action: Tell Your Senators to Oppose the Blunt Amendment!

Take ActionThe Religious Right and their supporters in Congress are at it again. These groups are trying to tinker with the health of countless Americans by inserting religious extremism into our government. 

Following the recent contraceptive care controversy, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) has pushed for passage of the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act”, which would allow ALL employers to exclude health benefits from their employees' health plans that they deem immoral or “contrary to their religious beliefs.”

Unfortunately, this amendment is likely to be voted on this week. Giving in to religious extremism and bargaining with the health of Americans is unacceptable. Please take a moment to contact your Senators and ask them to oppose the Blunt Amendment.

Data recently compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services shows that an estimated 20.4 million women are now taking advantage of preventive health care services provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Blunt legislation could put their access to these services at risk. These services include contraception, mammograms, pre-natal screenings, cervical cancer screenings, flu shots and much more.

This amendment affects how many Americans, especially women, will be able to pay for necessary medical services. If this amendment is passed, private employers would be able to eliminate many important health benefits while justifying this removal upon dubious religious grounds.

While employers are permitted to their own personal religious beliefs, they should not be entitled to interfere in the health care of their employees. The American Humanist Association believes that employees should be able to make their own decisions about health care.

Stand with the American Humanist Association today by contacting your Senators and telling them to oppose this unnecessary and extreme amendment.

Sincerely,

Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director

American Humanist Association

What if you could win $1,000 for telling the world what is important to you? Al...

18 minutes ago

American Humanist Association

Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason, the new b...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Things that make you go hmmm....

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Here is a cool new Kickstarter campaign to create a children's book for non-bel...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

AHA board member Howard Katz is at Skepticon representing! Make sure to stop by...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

December 2nd is Giving Tuesday. This holiday season, while you are buying gifts...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Hey, It's our favorite science guy! Clay Farris Naff talks with past AHA humanis...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Who is ready for Skepticon 2014?! If you are attending the event, make sure to s...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Today is National Transgender Day of Remembrance. Today we remember transgenders...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Today the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Many people don't believe that a person can be good without a god. What are thos...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Yesterday, AHA's David Niose presented his argument that the phrase "under God"...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

A Congressional hearing on religious accommodations in the armed services is hap...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Today a judge will hear the arguments of Dave Niose, representing the AHA, in a...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Last week Indra Zuno delivered her secular invocation at the LA County Board mee...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

The United Coalition of Reason is crushing the billboard game with billboards up...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

The debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham was so entertaining and informative, who...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Following on from last week's spectacular launch of 2 CoRs in the beautiful stat...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Will Kirk Cameron save Christmas and Christianity from the evil, putrid creature...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

The secular community seems torn in their opinion of Dan Brown. Although you may...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

What would give Margaret Atwood faith to keep going during a zombie apocalypse?...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

If you have seen Interstellar you will know what Neil is talking about.

7 days ago