Conscience Protection

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Judge again blocks New York medical worker vaccine mandate without religious exemption

Oct 14, 2021

By Carl Bunderson

Medical workers in New York can seek religious exemptions from a state COVID-19 vaccine mandate while a lawsuit challenging the... Read more


Judge temporarily blocks New York vaccine mandate, lacking religious exemption, for medical workers

Sep 14, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A federal court on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against a New York state COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which disallowed... Read more

N Ireland abortion law plans 'devastating', pro-life leader objects

Nov 7, 2019

Northern Ireland’s proposed abortion law drew strong objections from pro-life advocates who said it removes almost all legal protection for... Read more

Dr. David Mackereth, who lost his case at an employment tribunal. He refused to refer to transgender clients by their preferred pronouns.

In England, Christian doctor loses trans beliefs case

Oct 4, 2019

An employment tribunal in England stated Wednesday that a biblical view of sex and gender is “incompatible with human dignity”... Read more

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HHS conscience rule essential for freedom say Catholic healthcare groups

Aug 23, 2019

Legal briefs filed Aug. 21 on behalf of four non-profit organizations, including the National Catholic Bioethics Center and the Catholic... Read more

Abortion provision limited in some Irish hospitals by conscientious objection

Jul 17, 2019

Documents from the Republic of Ireland's health department show that abortion services are limited at nine of the country's 19... Read more

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HHS delays new conscience rights protections

Jul 1, 2019

A rule to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals will be delayed until the end of November, the Department... Read more

Cities, states ask courts to block HHS conscience protections before taking effect

Jun 12, 2019

Santa Clara County, California is the latest entity to ask a federal judge to block a new rule from the... Read more

States sue over HHS' stronger conscience protections for doctors, nurses

May 22, 2019

An array of states and cities filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a new Department of Health and Human Services rule... Read more

Irish bishops speak out against abortion requirement for medical jobs

Mar 21, 2019

The Irish Bishops’ Conference has objected to job requirements mandating that certain consultant doctors be willing to participate in abortions,... Read more

Irish physicians complain they've been ignored by health minister on abortion

Nov 8, 2018

Some 640 general practitioners in the Republic of Ireland have signed a petition saying their concerns have not been listened... Read more

Lack of safeguards in Irish abortion bill 'an affront to conscience'

Oct 8, 2018

The Irish bishops on Friday lamented that the draft bill to legalize abortion in the Republic would require pro-life heathcare... Read more

Pro-life doctors in Ireland call for robust conscience protections

Oct 3, 2018

A “small but significant” number of general practitioners in the Republic of Ireland are appealing to the county’s health minister... Read more

In Ontario, legal assisted suicide could kill conscientious objection

Aug 18, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Conscience protections for Catholic hospitals and other organizations could soon come under fire in the Canadian province of Ontario, with... Read more

Christian florist loses religious liberty case, will appeal to US Supreme Court

Feb 16, 2017

By Matt Hadro

A Washington state florist must pay fines and legal costs for conscientiously objecting to serving a same-sex wedding, as the... Read more

Doctors who object to abortion need more legal protections, bishops say

Feb 13, 2017

Objectors to abortion need stronger conscience protections in federal law, the U.S. bishops have said in a letter to Congress... Read more

Bruce Rauner, governor of Illinois, at the Genessee Theater in Waukegan, April 7, 2015.

Catholic group to Illinois governor: veto abortion funding bill

Feb 13, 2017

By Matt Hadro

A Catholic advocacy group is warning the governor of Illinois that he will face massive political opposition if he signs... Read more

Archbishop Gomez: Christian doctors face increasing threats

Nov 2, 2016

Faithful Catholics need to be aware of the ever-increasing serious threats to Christians living their faith in the field of... Read more

The United States capitol building.

US Bishops back legal protection for doctors who won't provide abortions

Apr 2, 2016

A proposed conscience protection act for health care professionals who oppose abortion would benefit both medical providers and their patients,... Read more

Unborn baby at 20 weeks.

Leading US bishop: 2016 is the time for pro-life conscience protections

Jan 5, 2016

On the cusp of 2016, the president of the U.S. Bishops Conference is calling for greater protection of pro-life professionals... Read more