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USA Today to Obama admin: leave Little Sisters alone

Jan 14, 2014 - 04:34 am .- The editors of USA Today have urged the Obama administration to stop trying to require the Little Sisters of the Poor to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of their religious beliefs.

Little Sisters threatened by HHS mandate, lawyers argue

Jan 3, 2014 - 05:57 pm .- Despite the claims of the U.S. Justice Department, the demands of the federal contraception mandate threaten the continued works of service performed by the Little Sisters of the Poor, their attorneys say.  

Little Sisters granted mandate relief by Justice Sotomayor

Jan 2, 2014 - 05:15 pm .- A group of religious sisters that cares for the elderly poor in the U.S. was among several religious organizations to gain protection from the federal contraception mandate shortly before it took effect on Jan. 1.

NY judge orders first permanent block against HHS mandate

Dec 17, 2013 - 06:02 pm .- A federal judge in New York has issued the first permanent injunction against the federal contraception mandate, a ruling that religious freedom advocates are praising as a major victory.

Protecting religious liberty serves the poor, archbishop says

Dec 4, 2013 - 04:18 am .- Religious freedom is an important component in aiding those in need, and imposing upon religious liberty harms groups that work for social justice, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

'Intensifying' religious freedom threats show need to evangelize

Nov 27, 2013 - 04:06 am .- In the face of growing restrictions on religious expression, Catholics must be able to explain the place of religious liberty in public life, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

Supreme Court to hear for-profit contraception mandate cases

Nov 26, 2013 - 05:11 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases challenging the controversial federal contraception mandate, filed by for-profit businesses and their owners on the grounds of religious freedom.

Pa. Catholics granted injunction against contraception mandate

Nov 23, 2013 - 06:56 am .- An injunction against the federal contraception mandate granted to a group of non-profit Catholic organizations in Western Pennsylvania has been hailed as a key win for religious liberty.  

Court rebukes administration's 'narrow' religious liberty view

Nov 15, 2013 - 04:12 am .- The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Obama administration’s defense of the HHS mandate is “unsound and extraordinary” for contending that business owners cannot have religious freedom protections.

US bishops unanimously reaffirm opposition to HHS mandate

Nov 14, 2013 - 03:15 am .- At their annual fall gathering in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops issued a message voicing their continued opposition to the federal contraception mandate and the threats that it poses to religious liberty.

Suit challenges HHS mandate on social justice grounds

Oct 11, 2013 - 05:14 pm .- The owner of a U.S. manufacturing business is filing an appeal to the Supreme Court over the HHS mandate, both because it violates his religious beliefs and because it interferes with his ability to treat his workers justly.

Bishops push for conscience protections in government funding

Sep 30, 2013 - 01:04 pm .- Leaders of the U.S. bishops have written to lawmakers insisting on the importance of including religious liberty protections and the conscience rights of health care workers as part of government funding negotiations.  

Religious sisters lead first class-action suit against HHS mandate

Sep 25, 2013 - 04:20 pm .- The Little Sisters of the Poor have filed the first class-action lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, saying that it would require them to violate the teachings of their Catholic faith.

Cardinal Dolan reaffirms bishops' opposition to HHS mandate

Sep 19, 2013 - 03:20 pm .- As scores of lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate continue to move through the courts, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference has voiced renewed commitment to defending religious liberty.

Lawyer: Catholics, vegans and Starbucks all need conscience rights

Aug 13, 2013 - 12:06 am .- A leading religious freedom lawyer says the HHS mandate controversy involves whether government can force businesses and their owners to disregard their own values as they seek to make a living.

Women say contraception mandate takes jab at motherhood

Aug 3, 2013 - 04:19 pm .- Women from around the country gathered in front of the White House on August 1 to protest national policies that are “hostile” to the ideas of family, motherhood and religious liberty.

Christian lawyers sue to overturn contraception mandate

Jul 24, 2013 - 08:04 pm .- Michael and Shaun Willis and their Michigan-based law firm filed a lawsuit seeking to have the HHS mandate declared a violation of the Constitution and of federal law over religious liberty concerns.

Catholic Health group approves of mandate, despite bishops

Jul 9, 2013 - 10:59 am .- Days after the U.S. bishops indicated the HHS contraception mandate remains unacceptable, the Catholic Health Association has approved the government's accommodation.

Bishops say concerns remain over final contraception mandate

Jul 8, 2013 - 06:13 pm .- After an initial analysis of the finalized HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops are warning that despite changes, the regulation still threatens the Church’s ability “to carry out the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.”  

Lawsuit seeks to uncover influences on HHS mandate policy

Jul 4, 2013 - 04:02 am .- The Diocese of Pittsburgh has filed a lawsuit charging that the federal government created illegal barriers to its request for information about lobbyist influence on the HHS contraception mandate.

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