USCCB Action Alert: HHS Conscience Rule

A message from Bishop James Powers:

Dear Fathers, Deacons, Lay Leaders, Sisters and Diocesan Staff:

Please see the Action Alert Below.  Please find a way to get this information out to parishioners and constituents as best you can – posting on website or social media.  We will have this posted on the diocesan website ( and the “Catholic Diocese of Superior WI” Facebook page for parishioners to access if you want to send them to these locations.


Please remind parishioners that we want to always allow for individuals to be able to make conscientious decisions.


USCCB Encourages HHS to Strengthen Conscience Rule
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has proposed new changes to regulations meant to protect conscience rights in health care. Let HHS know that conscience matters to you! 
Numerous federal laws protect the right of organizations and people working in health care to object, as a matter of conscience, to abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide, gender transition surgery, and other procedures. The enforcement of these conscience objection laws are governed by HHS regulations. 
HHS has proposed revisions to these regulations, known as the “Conscience Rule,” which implements over a dozen conscience statutes. Under the Trump administration, HHS issued a strong version of the Conscience Rule, but courts struck it down, leaving in place the previous, extremely weak version from the Obama administration. On January 5, 2023, HHS proposed a new version.  
The USCCB and the WCC support this new proposed rule as an improvement over the 2019 Rule which is currently in place, but also urges HHS to strengthen the proposed rule. Individuals are encouraged to contact HHS in support of strengthening the Conscience Rule using the button below. 
To learn more, read the USCCB’s published comments on the rule, Cardinal Dolan’s December 30 statement, and visit the USCCB’s “Do No Harm” webpage on these regulations at the links below.

USCCB Comments on HHS Conscience Rule 

Religious Liberty Chairman Cardinal Dolan Statement 

USCCB Do No Harm Website

Have a blessed weekend.


Peggy M. Schoenfuss

Peggy M. Schoenfuss

Diocese of Superior Chancellor

P.O. Box 969, Superior, WI, 54880, 715-394-0240

Superintendent of Schools

P.O Box 280, Haugen, WI, 54841, 715-234-5044

[email protected]