Conscience Rights Act http://wfpl.org en Congressman Thomas Massie Co-Sponsors Measure to Protect Conscience Rights http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-thomas-massie-co-sponsors-measure-protect-conscience-rights <p>Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie has co-sponsored a bill that would allow individuals to ignore portions of the Affordable Care Act that violate their religious beliefs.</p><p>The <a href="http://black.house.gov/sites/black.house.gov/files/HCCRA.pdf">Health Care Conscience Rights Act </a>seeks to protect those who argue expanding coverage for contraceptives and abortion comes into conflict with their faith. For religious and political conservatives, the health care mandate to employers encroaches upon their constitutional rights.</p><p>According to Massie's office, the bill also protects health care providers who refuse to perform certain procedures and give refuge to people with religious convictions.</p><p>"Obamacare is expensive, unconstitutional, and threatens our First Amendment right of conscience," Massie said in a news release. "This bill protects churches, religious organizations, and business owners from being forced to violate their beliefs." Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:00:52 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5004 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Thomas Massie Co-Sponsors Measure to Protect Conscience Rights