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Democratic senators ask Biden administration to mandate coverage of OTC birth control

Nov 3, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July approved the first nonprescription oral contraceptive, called “Opill.” Read more


Explainer: Why did the bishops object to proposed changes to a contraceptive mandate? 

Apr 5, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

President Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services is working to expand access to contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan attends Columbus Day parade in New York City.

Cardinal Dolan criticizes Biden administration for trying to force employers to cover contraception

Feb 1, 2023

By Matt McDonald

HHS announced a proposed rule that would leave in place the current exemption for religious employers but take away the... Read more


Biden administration seeks to remove moral objection exemption from Obamacare contraceptives mandate

Jan 30, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Under the Trump administration, employers with religious or moral objections to contraception could opt out of providing coverage without penalty. Read more

Senate committee splits on Becerra confirmation

Mar 3, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The Senate Finance Committee was divided on the confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services on... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court where oral arguments were heard on March 23, 2016 in the Zubik v. Burwell case.

Appeals court rules against Little Sisters' exemption from HHS mandate

Oct 23, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Attorneys for the Little Sisters of the Poor reiterated their call for the U.S. Supreme Court to step in after... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court where oral arguments were heard on March 23, 2016 in the Zubik v. Burwell case.

Little Sisters back in court to defend HHS mandate exemption

Jan 10, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The Little Sisters of the Poor are back in court this week, as two states are challenging their religious exemption... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas in Vatican City during the Synod of Bishops on October 9, 2015.

U.S bishops welcome new HHS mandate exemptions

Nov 9, 2018

The USCCB has welcomed the Trump administration’s new rules providing enhanced consciene protections against the HHS contraceptive mandate.  Read more

Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

Trump administration announces new conscience exemptions for contraceptive mandate

Nov 7, 2018

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two updated rules concerning conscience protections for organizations and... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court where oral arguments were heard on March 23, 2016 in the Zubik v. Burwell case.

Little Sisters face new lawsuit over their HHS mandate exemption

Nov 24, 2017

The Little Sisters of the Poor are returning to court to defend their exemption from the federal contraception mandate, after... Read more

Department of Justice announces settlement in HHS mandate suits

Oct 16, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of... Read more

Campus of Belmont Abbey College. Courtesy of Belmont Abbey College.

Six years ago, this Catholic college was the first to sue over the HHS mandate

Oct 11, 2017

By Michelle La Rosa

It has been six years since Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts school near Charlotte, North Carolina, filed the... Read more

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

Archbishop Lori: Religious liberty protections 'a victory for all Americans'

Oct 6, 2017

By JD Flynn

The chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Religious Liberty says that expanded religious liberty protections in the federal contraception... Read more

Michael Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and CEO of EWTN Global Catholic Network.

EWTN chairman encouraged by changes to HHS mandate

Oct 6, 2017

The chairman of EWTN Global Catholic Network voiced optimism over an announcement by the Trump administration Friday broadening religious and... Read more

White House, Washington, D.C.

Why hasn't the Trump administration dropped the HHS mandate?

Aug 24, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Lawyers for the Little Sisters of the Poor said it’s time for the Trump administration to admit that the Obama-era... Read more

The White House.

US bishops say draft religious freedom rule 'long overdue'

Jun 5, 2017

A draft federal rule from the Trump administration regarding the contraception mandate is “encouraging news” that could help return federal... Read more

Donald Trump.

Trump admin ponders new religious freedom rule for HHS mandate

May 31, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

A leaked draft of a federal rule that would protect religious organizations from the controversial federal contraception mandate has won... Read more

White House, Washington, D.C.

White House advisor reiterates Trump's commitment to religious freedom

Apr 28, 2017

An advisor to the White House rejected recent concerns that the Trump administration supports the controversial HHS mandate, saying it... Read more

Donald Trump.

Trump administration will continue defending HHS mandate in court

Apr 25, 2017

By Matt Hadro

With President Donald Trump’s administration signaling that it is not dropping the HHS mandate cases against religious non-profits, plaintiffs are... Read more

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) addresses the second annual Conservative Policy Summit at the Heritage Foundation January 12, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Tom Price appointment to head HHS met with pro-life applause

Nov 29, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Pro-life groups praised President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that he would name Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be the next Secretary... Read more