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Congressman questions Obama's commitment to fight human trafficking

Sep 25, 2012 - 06:02 pm .- New efforts announced by President Barack Obama to fight human trafficking have renewed criticism of his administration for preventing a highly effective Catholic group from receiving funds to aid victims.

HHS mandate allows minors free contraception, sterilization

Sep 25, 2012 - 04:06 am .- Minor children on their parents’ health care plans will have free coverage of sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing drugs, under the controversial HHS mandate – and depending on the state, they can obtain access without parental consent.

Democratic convention emphasizes economy, contraception mandate

Sep 7, 2012 - 02:33 pm .- Providing economic security for the middle class and access to free contraception as a key part of women’s health care were major issues that dominated conversations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

'Whole life' Catholic Democrat argues Obama is pro-life

Sep 7, 2012 - 12:13 am .- A former congresswoman known for being a prominent pro-life Democrat has advised fellow party members to tell Catholics that President Obama is a pro-life candidate.

Catholics for Choice argues religious freedom only applies to private actions

Sep 6, 2012 - 12:40 am .- A dissenting Catholic group believes that the First Amendment protection of religious freedom applies to personal decisions but does not allow people to apply their beliefs to every area of their lives.

EPA efforts highlighted at Democrats' faith council meeting

Sep 5, 2012 - 05:30 pm .- Concern for the environment and a desire to care for one's neighbor through the federal government were among the ways Democratic speakers described their faith in action at a religious gathering at the party's national convention.

Glendon: economic, cultural concerns make 2012 election historic

Aug 30, 2012 - 11:12 am .- Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, believes that the 2012 presidential election will be a historic crossroads for the United States.

Obama's pitch to women misses important issues, Alvare says

Aug 30, 2012 - 02:07 am .- A law professor at George Mason University believes that in the upcoming election women will focus on more than abortion and contraception, and will consider issues that pertain to the family, the economy and the condition of the American culture when they vote.

HHS revises mandate third time; foes say it misses the point

Aug 28, 2012 - 03:58 am .- A slight revision of the federal contraception mandate offers some additional protection for certain religious employers but is not sufficient to ease religious freedom concerns, said a lawyer who is working to challenge the mandate in court.

Woman-friendly Catholic business sues over HHS mandate

Aug 24, 2012 - 04:04 am .- A businesswoman who has filed the most recent lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate believes that the government must respect her identity as a Catholic woman as well as a business owner.

Obama's Catholic supporters drop pro-life argument in 2012 appeal

Aug 17, 2012 - 11:24 am .- Catholics for Obama has launched its 2012 initiative with a focus on economic issues, in an apparent shift from its 2008 presentation of the presidential candidate as “pro-life.”

Catholic-run business asks Obama to respect its faith

Aug 15, 2012 - 05:18 am .- A spokesman for a Catholic family-owned business in Colorado is asking President Obama to respect his family’s faith after the president reaffirmed his support for the controversial contraception mandate during a recent campaign swing through the state.

Peoria diocese challenges 'intrusive' HHS mandate exemption process

Aug 10, 2012 - 03:59 pm .- The Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Ill. on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the HHS mandate, charging that it requires an “intrusive government investigation” to determine whether the diocese is exempt from the controversial federal rule.

Obama reaffirms support for HHS mandate, downplays controversy

Aug 9, 2012 - 04:00 am .- President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for mandatory contraception coverage in a Wednesday campaign stop in Denver, drawing criticism from a lawyer representing a Colorado company fighting the mandate on religious freedom grounds.

Colo. company secures injunction against HHS mandate

Jul 27, 2012 - 03:23 pm .- In the first legal ruling against the controversial HHS mandate, a federal judge has granted a temporary injunction protecting a Catholic-run business.

Second mandate lawsuit dismissed on 'technical grounds'

Jul 20, 2012 - 05:09 pm .- A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has dismissed a lawsuit by Belmont Abbey College against the federal contraception mandate as being premature.

Bishops praise House provision against HHS mandate penalties

Jul 20, 2012 - 12:09 am .- The U.S. bishops have praised the inclusion of new legislative provisions that, if passed, could prevent financial penalties from being levied against institutions that don’t comply with the controversial HHS mandate that requires coverage for sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing drugs.

House members seek to repeal administration's 'Religious Freedom Tax'

Jul 11, 2012 - 03:53 am .- Two U.S. representatives have introduced a bill to stop the federal government from taxing religious employers that decline to cover contraception and abortion-causing drugs in their health plans.

Catholic Charities of Chicago lawsuit shows reach of HHS mandate

Jul 10, 2012 - 01:03 pm .- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has joined two Catholic dioceses and their charitable affiliates in a lawsuit over the federal contraception mandate, a move that one observer says demonstrates the potential societal impact of the rule.

Administration's abortion commitment may be aiding sex-slave industry

Jul 1, 2012 - 05:09 pm .- By insisting on abortion referrals in its anti-trafficking work, the Obama administration may be inadvertently helping the perpetrators of sex-slavery, a former Health and Human Services official says.

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