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Fight against HHS mandate draws thanks from bishops

Apr 8, 2013 - 05:01 pm .- The U.S. bishops have thanked organizations and entities for their courage in fighting a federal contraception mandate that forces employers to pay for services that violate their religious beliefs.

Americans encouraged to join mounting opposition to mandate

Apr 2, 2013 - 05:10 pm .- With six days remaining to file public comments on the federal contraception mandate, one Catholic leader is calling on Americans to join more than 140,000 concerned citizens in speaking out against the regulation.

Hobby Lobby granted full court hearing for mandate case

Apr 1, 2013 - 05:02 pm .- Christian-owned craft giant Hobby Lobby will be able to make its appeal against the federal contraception mandate before a full federal panel of nine judges, rather than the usual three.

Pro-life Democrats call for broad HHS mandate exemptions

Mar 29, 2013 - 12:02 am .- For-profit businesses should be exempt from contraception mandate requirements that they provide abortifacient drugs, Democrats for Life of America argued in briefs recently filed in federal court cases.

EWTN vows no compromise after HHS lawsuit dismissal

Mar 26, 2013 - 12:23 pm .- The EWTN Global Catholic Network is “extremely disappointed” by a Monday court ruling that dismissed as “unripe” its lawsuit against a federal mandate that could require the organization to violate Catholic teaching.

Franciscan University undaunted after HHS suit dismissed

Mar 25, 2013 - 05:01 pm .- Although a judge has dismissed Franciscan University of Steubenville's lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, the school says it will continue to fight for its religious liberty.

Bishops say mandate still threatens religious liberty

Mar 21, 2013 - 05:12 pm .- Despite proposals to modify the federal contraception mandate, the U.S. bishops said that the regulation is still unacceptable due to its narrow view of religion and resulting violations of religious liberty.

Bishop denounces health network's compliance with mandate

Mar 21, 2013 - 02:03 am .- The bishop of a South Dakota diocese has spoken out after a Catholic health care provider made the decision to comply with the federal contraception mandate without seeking diocesan counsel or authorization.

Descendant of founding American files 50th mandate lawsuit

Mar 14, 2013 - 02:06 am .- A Baptist small business owner whose ancestors fought religious persecution as founding Americans has filed the 50th lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate.

Catholic service requires conscience rights, Boston cardinal stresses

Mar 11, 2013 - 05:11 pm .- Writing from Rome just a few days before the Papal conclave, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston called on members of Congress to support stronger religious freedom protections in health care.

Lawmakers, medical workers speak up on conscience bill

Mar 5, 2013 - 05:54 pm .- Members of Congress and individuals who have been forced to violate their consciences came together to stress the need for a federal law protecting religious freedom in the field of health care.

Proposed federal bill to strengthen religious freedom

Mar 5, 2013 - 02:44 pm .- Members of Congress have introduced a new bill that would create a broad exemption to the HHS mandate and strengthen protections for health care professionals and institutions with moral and religious objections to abortion.

Lawmakers pen letter insisting on conscience protections

Mar 4, 2013 - 05:06 pm .- More than a dozen federal legislators have written to Congressional leaders calling for stronger conscience protections to be included in the upcoming government funding bills.

Legislators behind religious freedom law support Hobby Lobby

Feb 22, 2013 - 12:03 am .- Nearly a dozen U.S. lawmakers who supported a 1993 law protecting religious liberty have formally defended Hobby Lobby in its recent religious freedom lawsuit.

Archbishop implores Congress to protect conscience rights

Feb 18, 2013 - 05:05 pm .- In anticipation of upcoming legislation, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore urged the nation’s lawmakers to work this year “to restore a tradition on rights of conscience in health care.”

HHS mandate changes protect only 'a few more ministries'

Feb 5, 2013 - 04:06 am .- Legal analysts warned that the government’s new proposals on the HHS mandate do little to expand religious freedom protections for employers that object to it.  

Mandate changes insufficient, say religious liberty groups

Feb 2, 2013 - 04:27 pm .-  Religious freedom advocates throughout the country are voicing disappointment at suggested changes to the federal contraception mandate aimed at resolving freedom of conscience concerns.

EWTN says new mandate proposal likely brings no relief

Feb 1, 2013 - 01:06 pm .- Eternal Word Television Network said today that the new suggested rule on the federal contraception mandate is likely inadequate to protect its religious liberty.  

HHS offers minor revisions, clarifications on mandate

Feb 1, 2013 - 11:59 am .- Proposed changes to the federal contraception mandate would slightly expand an existing exemption, while defining the terms of an “accommodation” for many non-profit religious groups.

Hobby Lobby shifts insurance plan to delay mandate fines

Jan 14, 2013 - 02:02 pm .- Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has found a way to adjust its employee healthcare plan to delay potentially crippling fines for refusing to comply with the federal contraception mandate.

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