Conscience protections

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Ohio enacts health care conscience protections

Jul 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Ohio state law now includes conscience protections for medical professionals, after Governor Mike DeWine signed a state budget bill into... Read more

White House silent on conscience concerns in health care

Mar 2, 2021

The White House on Tuesday would not reveal its position on doctors being forced to perform abortions and gender-transition surgeries... Read more

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Former HHS official: Becerra must be questioned over conscience violations

Feb 24, 2021

By Matt Hadro

President Biden’s health secretary nominee must be held accountable for forcing California Catholic nuns to cover abortions, said a former... Read more

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Third judge finds against conscience protection rule for medical workers

Nov 20, 2019

A third federal judge has struck down the Trump administration’s conscience protection rule for medical professionals who object to abortions... Read more

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Federal judge blocks conscience protection rule for healthcare workers

Nov 6, 2019

Judge Paul Engelmayer of the Southern District of New York vacated the HHS rule in a 146-page decision, issued Wednesday.  Read more

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'Transgender mandate' struck down by federal court

Oct 15, 2019

The Obama-era regulation would require most doctors throughout the country to perform gender-transition surgeries upon request, despite any conscience-based or prudential objections.  Read more

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Polls show majority support in US for medical conscience protections

Sep 19, 2019

New poll results show that a large majority of Americans believe that healthcare professionals should not be forced to provide... Read more

UK bill seeks to protect conscientious objection for medical practitioners

Mar 19, 2018

A bill in the British Parliament would clarify the rights of conscientious objection for medical professionals, protecting them from participating... Read more

US bishops voice support for First Amendment Defense Act

Mar 14, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The U.S. bishops have voiced their strong support for a bill protecting individuals and institutions from discrimination by the federal... Read more

Does an Illinois bill threaten doctors' conscience rights? Depends on whom you ask

May 29, 2015

By Matt Hadro

An Illinois bill that some say threatens the conscience rights of medical providers is currently under consideration in the state’s... Read more

Notre Dame University.

Six years after Notre Dame speech, Obama's 'common ground' claim questioned

May 1, 2015

Knights of Columbus head Carl Anderson questioned the Obama Administration’s policies in a speech at Notre Dame University, six years... Read more

Courtesy of Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

CNA exclusive poll: Americans agree – protect religious liberty

Mar 12, 2015

Religious freedom battles continue to take place in courtrooms around the country, but in the court of public opinion, religious... Read more

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Bishops push for Congress to support conscience rights in health care act

Feb 22, 2015

Just because you may oppose abortion doesn’t mean you should be denied comprehensive health care coverage, according to Archbishop William... Read more

Tyndale House employees at a company meeting.

HHS appeal withdrawal gives temporary relief to Bible publisher

May 7, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

An Illinois-based Bible publisher has secured temporary relief from the federal contraception mandate after the Obama administration asked an appellate... Read more


Conscience objections urged in face of Colombian gay unions

May 7, 2013

Officials from the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia have urged Catholics to adhere to Church teaching in the face of potential... Read more

Sebelius listens as President Obama announces the contraceptive mandate at the White House Jan.12, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Bishops say mandate still threatens religious liberty

Mar 21, 2013

Despite proposals to modify the federal contraception mandate, the U.S. bishops said that the regulation is still unacceptable due to... Read more

Cardinal Seán O'Malley at the Ecclesia in America Conference Dec 12, 2012.

Catholic service requires conscience rights, Boston cardinal stresses

Mar 11, 2013

Writing from Rome just a few days before the Papal conclave, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston called on members of... Read more

Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo, RN speaks March 5, 2013 at the press conference on Religious Freedom.

Lawmakers, medical workers speak up on conscience bill

Mar 5, 2013

Members of Congress and individuals who have been forced to violate their consciences came together to stress the need for... Read more

Rep. John Flemmimg (R-La.) and Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.)

Lawmakers pen letter insisting on conscience protections

Mar 4, 2013

More than a dozen federal legislators have written to Congressional leaders calling for stronger conscience protections to be included in... Read more