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Woman with transgender symbol on her hand.

'Transgender mandate' struck down by federal court

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

House votes to allow states to deny funding to Planned Parenthood

The House voted Thursday to allow states to choose not to fund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers with federal... Read more

President Barack Obama speaks at Georgetown University, May 12, 2015.

Why pro-lifers are calling this rule a gift to Planned Parenthood

States cannot keep federal grants away from Planned Parenthood clinics, the Obama administration ruled on Wednesday in a move that... Read more

Notre Dame University.

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

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

Little Sisters of the Poor. Courtesy of the Becket Fund.

Obama Administration moves forward in challenging Little Sisters

The Obama Administration has announced that it will continue its legal fight against the Little Sisters of the Poor over... Read more

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

DC health plans accused of illegally funding abortion

The Obama administration is being accused of violating federal law by directing members of Congress and congressional staff to over... Read more

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Ken Hackett approved as America's next Vatican ambassador

After a vacancy of nearly one year, the U.S. Senate approved the former head of Catholic Relief Services, Ken Hackett,... Read more

Pro-life groups claim to be among IRS targets

Along with its targeting of conservative political groups for extra scrutiny, Internal Revenue Service employees also reportedly singled out pro-life... Read more

Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room Jan. 20, 2013. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson.

Obama says 'gay marriage' necessary for national progress

As he entered his second term as U.S. President, Barack Obama stressed the need to modernize American values through changes... Read more

A Hobby Lobby location. Photo courtesy of the Becket Fund.

Hobby Lobby braces for millions in mandate fines

Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby says it is willing to pay fines of $1.3 million per day to follow... Read more

A Hobby Lobby store. Photo courtesy of the Becket Fund.

Hobby Lobby turns to Supreme Court for mandate relief

Arts and crafts giant Hobby Lobby will appeal to the nation’s highest court after an appeals court ruled the federal... Read more

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DC appeals court rules new contraception rule must be issued

Religious freedom advocates applauded a federal appeals court’s decision to hold the government accountable for revising its controversial contraception mandate.  Read more

Conestoga Wood Specialties president and CEO Anthony Hahn.

Mennonite-owned wood manufacturer sues over contraception mandate

Three Mennonite Christians who own a wood manufacturing company in Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate... Read more

Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh, Pa. CNA file photo.

Pittsburgh bishop remains hopeful despite mandate lawsuit dismissal

Federal judges in Pittsburgh and Nashville dismissed Catholic lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate, but acknowledged that the suits can... Read more

Missouri business granted injunction against HHS mandate

A federal appeals court on Nov. 28 granted a Catholic business owner in Missouri an injunction against the Department of... Read more

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

Hobby Lobby appealing refusal of HHS mandate injunction

The retailer Hobby Lobby will appeal a federal court’s refusal of its request for an injunction against a Health and... Read more

Tyndale House employees at a company meeting.

Judge grants HHS mandate injunction to Bible publisher

A federal court has granted an injunction protecting Protestant Christian Bible publisher Tyndale House Publishers from the Department of Health... Read more

Cardinal Seán O'Malley speaks about the U.S. election results on Nov. 12, 2012 as Archbishop William Lori looks on.

Church cannot live with contraception mandate, bishops say

In the aftermath of the Nov. 6 elections, the U.S. bishops stressed that they will push ahead with defending religious... Read more

Judge Robert H. Cleland. CNA file photo.

Second company wins injunction against HHS mandate

A federal judge in Michigan has granted the second temporary injunction against the federal contraception mandate to plaintiffs who argue... Read more

Archbishop Thomas Wenski speaks during an Oct. 19, 2012 press conference on the HHS lawsuit by the Archdiocese of Miami.

Miami archdiocese sues over 'real threat' from HHS mandate

The Archdiocese of Miami and two other Catholic entities filed a lawsuit today against the HHS mandate, adding to the... Read more