In recent weeks, we have seen repeated attacks on the freedom of conscience of religious organizations in the United States. The contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act requires that many religious organizations abandon their consciences and provide their employees with services that the organizations find morally reprehensible. President Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services have ignored the right to conscience of all Americans in their unbending support of this contraception mandate.
The World Youth Alliance (www.wya.net) is a global coalition of young people that promotes the dignity of the human person in policy and culture. We believe that human rights are an expression of solidarity, arising as legal instruments from the primacy of the dignity of the person. We therefore believe that the right to freedom of conscience must be protected.
Accordingly, we recognize the right to freedom of conscience for all Americans. We recognize that the contraception mandate is a violation of the religious liberty and conscience rights of religious organizations. In turn, we ask that the Congress of the United States create and support legislation defending freedom of conscience, such as Senator Rubio's recent Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 and H.R. 1179, Representative Fortenberry's similar bill.
Moreover, we recognize the potential worldwide impact of President Obama's refusal to accommodate religious organizations' right to conscience. The U.S.'s policies and actions resonate around the world, and as a global coalition of young people, we are especially concerned about how the disrespect for freedom of conscience in the United States will impact other countries' policies. We stand together as young people in defense of religious liberty in the U.S. and around the world. Please click here for more information about why this mandate violates conscience rights.
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