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Bishops in Colorado back conscientious exemption for coronavirus vaccines

Aug 6, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Catholic bishops in Colorado have emphasized the need to respect those with conscientious objections to the COVID-19 vaccines and... Read more

Arkansas governor signs landmark medical conscience objection law

Mar 29, 2021

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law on Friday legislation allowing doctors to decline to perform non-emergency medical procedures that... Read more

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Christian medical groups urge conscience protections amid Covid-19 vaccination push

Mar 3, 2021

In a joint statement Tuesday, several Christian medical organizations highlighted the importance of conscience protections as COVID-19 vaccines are being... Read more

Judge blocks HHS rule protecting doctors who object to transgender surgery

Aug 18, 2020

A federal judge has halted the Trump administration’s rule protecting doctors’ right to object to abortion and transgender surgery, just... Read more

Pope Francis on the popemobile kiss child in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis tells medical professionals to defend life

May 17, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Friday encouraged medical professionals to defend and promote life, highlighting the practice of conscientious objection in today’s healthcare... Read more

Tenn. House passes bill to protect religious liberty of adoption agencies

Apr 4, 2019

As other US states have defunded adoption agencies that won't place children with same-sex couples, the Tennessee House on Monday... Read more

Dana Nessel, attorney general of Michigan.

Michigan AG: no funds for Catholic adoption agencies if LGBT non-compliant

Mar 25, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has barred state funds from adoption agencies that won't place children with same-sex couples, after... Read more


Arizona pharmacist under investigation after declining to fill abortion drug

Jun 26, 2018

An Arizona pharmacist is under investigation after refusing to fill a medical abortion prescription, citing ethical objections.  Read more

Leo Varadkar.

Irish prime minister: Catholic hospitals will be required to perform abortions

Jun 15, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Publicly-funded hospitals in Ireland will be required to perform abortions, even if they are Catholic and morally opposed to the... Read more

Shamber Flore, who was adopted through St. Vincent Catholic Charities, with her foster parents.

ACLU's 'petty lawsuit' won't help foster children, families tell court

Mar 8, 2018

A lawsuit threatening a Catholic adoption service is political maneuvering that will do nothing to help children in need of... Read more

Funding for abortion to become more compulsory in Oregon

Jul 11, 2017

The Oregon governor is expected to sign into law a proposal requiring Oregon insurers to cover abortion on demand and... Read more

'An ominous sign' – Supreme Court refuses to hear Washington pharmacy case

Jun 28, 2016

The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a conscience rights case raised by pro-life pharmacy owners came with a stark warning... Read more

Greg Stormans.

Here's what actually happens when you fight for conscience rights

Jun 24, 2016

Every morning, Greg Stormans contemplates a Bible verse perched in a tiny frame above his bathroom sink, which his daughter... Read more

Conscience rights for DC religious schools threatened by city vote

Dec 10, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The Washington D.C. city council has stripped religious schools of legal protection against certain discrimination lawsuits, voting unanimously to repeal... Read more