1. Join the E-Mail Campaign against FOCA. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging people to join an e-mail postcard campaign against FOCA. To send the e-mail to your Congressional Representatives, fill out the form, and the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment will send it to your congressional representatives for you.
2. Write to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org) and to the president opposing their plan to rescind the regulation protecting health care professionals from being required to perform and advise medical procedures in violation of conscience. Contrary to reports, the regulation was not rushed through by the Bush administration at the last minute. Rather, it was proposed last August in order to "increase awareness of, and compliance with, three separate laws protecting federally funded health care providers’ right of conscience" (as stated by HHS at that time). The regulation was issued because of widespread pressure on health care practitioners despite those laws. The HHS proposal to rescind the regulation was published today. You can read it here or Download the Federal Register notice here. There is a mandatory 30 day period for public comment, starting today. The purpose of the regulation is explained here. A letter from 35 U.S. senators was reportedly sent to the President today opposing the plan to rescind this regulation. Consider using that letter as a form to prepare your own e-mails to the president and HHS opposing the rescission of that regulation.
3. Taking action works. Consider, for example, the Connecticut bill pulled today in response to public outcry, especially by Catholic parishioners concerned about the proposed bill that would have purported to change the way churches were allowed to govern themselves in the State of Connecticut. Recognizing the bill's impact on religious freedom, the state legislature pulled it before a scheduled hearing. See articles in The Deacon's Bench and Insight Scoop.
4. Pray. The Dominican nuns at Moniales today wrote about the Connecticut bill just mentioned, along with other ways in which persecution of Catholics is increasing, and said: "Many, many, Catholics need to wake up and realize that the freedom to practice our Faith is under attack and make their voices heard. But while this is necessary we also need to remember that at root this is a fight "against principalities and powers" (Ephesians 6, 12) and prayer and penance are ultimately the only answer. This is why the contemplative vocation is needed more than ever!"