US Catholics urged to write Congress on birth control rule

CHICAGO - American Catholic clergy called on the faithful to write Congress to protest new birth control rules from US President Barack Obama's administration, stepping up a campaign that began a week ago with denunciations from the pulpit at Masses across the country.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops, posted an "Urgent Action Alert" over the weekend calling on Catholics to write to their US lawmakers protesting the rule.
The fight is over a provision of the health reform law announced on Jan. 20 that would require health insurance plans - including those offered by institutions such as Catholic-affiliated hospitals and universities - to offer free birth control including sterilization.