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Suit challenges HHS mandate on social justice grounds

The owner of a U.S. manufacturing business is filing an appeal to the Supreme Court over the HHS mandate, both... Read more

U.S. Capitol.

Bishops push for conscience protections in government funding

Leaders of the U.S. bishops have written to lawmakers insisting on the importance of including religious liberty protections and the... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor. Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Religious sisters lead first class-action suit against HHS mandate

The Little Sisters of the Poor have filed the first class-action lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, saying that it... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York speaks during a press conference at the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly.

Cardinal Dolan reaffirms bishops' opposition to HHS mandate

As scores of lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate continue to move through the courts, the head of the U.S.... Read more

Lawyer: Catholics, vegans and Starbucks all need conscience rights

A leading religious freedom lawyer says the HHS mandate controversy involves whether government can force businesses and their owners to... Read more

Women Speak for Themselves rally.

Women say contraception mandate takes jab at motherhood

Women from around the country gathered in front of the White House on August 1 to protest national policies that... Read more

Pres Barack Obama with HHS Sec Kathleen Sebelius announce the contraception mandate at the White House, Jan. 12, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Christian lawyers sue to overturn contraception mandate

Michael and Shaun Willis and their Michigan-based law firm filed a lawsuit seeking to have the HHS mandate declared a... Read more

Sister Carol Keehan, president of CHA.

Catholic Health group approves of mandate, despite bishops

Days after the U.S. bishops indicated the HHS contraception mandate remains unacceptable, the Catholic Health Association has approved the government's... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York speaks during a press conference at the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly.

Bishops say concerns remain over final contraception mandate

After an initial analysis of the finalized HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops are warning that despite changes, the regulation still... Read more

Lawsuit seeks to uncover influences on HHS mandate policy

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has filed a lawsuit charging that the federal government created illegal barriers to its request for... Read more

Religious freedom press conference, July 2. From L to R: Prof. Anne Hendershott, Archb. William E. Lori, Sr. Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB, Dr. Russell Moore, and Dr. Yui Mantilla.

Faith groups unite to stress need for HHS mandate exemptions

More than 100 religious leaders from various faith backgrounds are asking the U.S. government to respect the beliefs of those... Read more

David Green, Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby with his wife Barbara.

Hobby Lobby gets temporary reprieve from mandate fines

A district court has ruled that the national craft chain Hobby Lobby may move forward with its lawsuit against the... Read more

President Barack Obama laughs with HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius in the Grand Foyer of the White House, July 26, 2012.

Religious freedom groups worried over final HHS mandate

Despite assurances from the Obama administration that the finalized version of the contraception mandate accounts for freedom of conscience, some... Read more

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

HHS mandate for religious groups finalized with few changes

The Obama administration announced on June 28 that it has finalized its regulations on the federal contraception mandate as it... Read more

Hobby Lobby. Courtesy of the Becket Fund.

Hobby Lobby moves forward in seeking mandate reprieve

A federal appeals court has paved the way for arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby to pursue an injunction that would block... Read more

Diane Black (R-Tenn.) speaks at the press conference on Religious Freedom March 5, 2013.

Religious freedom erosion threatens all rights, panel says

Federal lawmakers, archdiocesan representatives and leaders of companies and non-profit organizations came together at a Philadelphia forum to publicly support... Read more

Rep. Dan Lipinski.

Bipartisan warning issued over religious freedom threats in health care

Members of the U.S. House's Congressional Values Action Team gathered at a special order to voice their concerns over threats... Read more

Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association.

IRS scandals raise doubts over HHS mandate judgment

The targeting of conservative, pro-life and religious non-profits by the Internal Revenue Service is drawing concern over the agency’s authority... Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City.

Contraception funding charges inaccurate, NY archdiocese says

Responding to media reports, the Archdiocese of New York said that its payments to a labor union fund that goes... Read more

Rabbi Soloveichik. Courtesy of the American Religious Freedom Program.

Religious differences compatible with freedom, Jewish leader says

True religious liberty does not require religious individuals to minimize differences in the tenets of their faith, said Jewish Rabbi... Read more