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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.

Faith groups unite to stress need for HHS mandate exemptions

Jul 2, 2013 - 05:18 pm .- More than 100 religious leaders from various faith backgrounds are asking the U.S. government to respect the beliefs of those who oppose the demands of the controversial HHS mandate.

Hobby Lobby gets temporary reprieve from mandate fines

Jul 1, 2013 - 05:57 pm .- A district court has ruled that the national craft chain Hobby Lobby may move forward with its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate without being penalized for violating the regulation.

Religious freedom groups worried over final HHS mandate

Jun 28, 2013 - 05:31 pm .- Despite assurances from the Obama administration that the finalized version of the contraception mandate accounts for freedom of conscience, some religious liberty advocates are still concerned.

HHS mandate for religious groups finalized with few changes

Jun 28, 2013 - 12:10 pm .- The Obama administration announced on June 28 that it has finalized its regulations on the federal contraception mandate as it applies to religious employers.

Hobby Lobby moves forward in seeking mandate reprieve

Jun 28, 2013 - 08:48 am .- A federal appeals court has paved the way for arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby to pursue an injunction that would block up to millions of dollars in fines while it continues its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate.

Religious freedom erosion threatens all rights, panel says

Jun 24, 2013 - 05:28 pm .- Federal lawmakers, archdiocesan representatives and leaders of companies and non-profit organizations came together at a Philadelphia forum to publicly support religious liberty from governmental threats.

Bipartisan warning issued over religious freedom threats in health care

Jun 14, 2013 - 05:15 pm .- Members of the U.S. House's Congressional Values Action Team gathered at a special order to voice their concerns over threats to religious freedom posed by the recent health care overhaul.

IRS scandals raise doubts over HHS mandate judgment

Jun 11, 2013 - 05:34 pm .- The targeting of conservative, pro-life and religious non-profits by the Internal Revenue Service is drawing concern over the agency’s authority to decide exemptions to the HHS mandate.

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