Conscience Protection

Achbishop Timothy Dolan, New York signs letter opposing HHS Mandate

Cardinal Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Signs Letter with More Than 500 Leaders
Rejecting HHS Mandate
WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2012 -- Today, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of New York, His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, joined more than 500 leading scholars, university presidents and other academic administrators, activists, and religious leaders from a multitude of faiths, in a statement rejecting the governmental Health and Human Services mandate requiring employers to provide, directly or indirectly, insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilizations, and contraceptives, and also rejecting President Obama’s so-called “accommodation” of religious liberty as a mere “accounting trick” that changes nothing of moral substance.


Victory for Conscience in Washington State
Pharmacists Can’t Be Forced to Sell Abortion Drugs
TACOMA, WA, February 22, 2012— A federal court in Washington state ruled Wednesday that the state board of pharmacy cannot force pharmacists to stock drugs that risk taking human life if the pharmacists have a religious, moral, or ethical objection. The court determined that the pharmacists should be allowed to do what they have sought from the beginning, which is to refer patients seeking such drugs to other pharmacies.


What Did CHA's Carol Keehan Know
And When Did She Know It?
WASHINGTON, DC, February 14, 2012— National Catholic Register news analysis: As threats to religious liberty escalate, critics say it’s time to establish who truly speaks for the Church in the United States.


Religious Leaders, Academics Rebuff
Obama’s Contraception Policy Change
WASHINGTON,- Over 200 college presidents, academics, religious leaders and journalists have signed a letter that denounces President Obama’s “accommodation” to the contraception mandate for failing to “remove the assault on religious liberty.”

Archbishop Jose Gomez: Obama Ignores
Moral Concerns;
Religious Liberty

LOS ANGELES, February 13, 2012 -- President Barack Obama’s announcement on Friday concerning health care mandates is troubling and frustrating because unfortunately, he did not really respond to the deep moral concerns raised by America’s Catholic community.


US Bishops Release New Statement
Calling for HHS Mandate Removal -- The U.S. bishops released a new statement rejecting President Barack Obama's attempted compromise over the Health and Human services contraception mandate, calling for its complete removal.


Catholic Hospital Association
May Have Had Inside Role
In Obama 'Accommodation'
-- In coming up with its new “accommodation” on a controversial birth control mandate for religious employers, the Obama administration apparently turned to the Catholic Health Assocation (CHA), an organization that has previously sided with the administration and is in conflict with the views of the U.S. bishops on health care policy.


Army Silences Military Archbishop
Chaplains Told Don't Read Letter at Mass

WASHINGTON, DC, February 7, 2012 -- The archbishop who oversees American Catholic military chaplains worldwide claims the U.S. Army violated his rights by stifling a pastoral letter condemning the Obama administration's contraception mandate.


Being Catholic Means 'Paying a Price,'
Says Detroit Archbishop

VATICAN CITY, February 3, 2012 -- Being Catholic in 2012 involves “paying a price” for loving Jesus Christ and his Church, says Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit.


White House’s Defense of Mandate
Called Inaccurate, Misleading

WASHINGTON, DC, February 3, 2012 -- An expert in religious freedom says that the White House's defense of the contraception mandate contains inaccurate information and does not address the main complaints raised by its critics.


LA Archbishop Calls on Catholics
Oppose HHS Mandate

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 25, 2012 -- Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles urged lay Catholics to defend the faith after the Department of Health and Human Services refused to reverse a contraception mandate set to take effect in Aug. 2013.


U.S. Bishops Vow to Fight HHS Edict
Unconscionable to Force Citizens to
Buy Contraceptives Against Their Will

Matter of Freedom of Conscience,
Freedom of Religion

WASHINGTON, DC, January 20, 2012—The Catholic bishops of the United States called “literally unconscionable” a decision by the Obama Administration to continue to demand that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. Today's announcement means that this mandate and its very narrow exemption will not change at all; instead there will only be a delay in enforcement against some employers.


Bishop Lori Calls on US Bishops
Fight for Religious Feedom

-- The U.S. bishops must be “watchmen for the Church” in defending religious freedom, said Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., head of the bishops’ new committee on religious liberty.

Senate Requests Details on
HHS Denial of Grant To Bishops Twenty-seven U.S. senators requested information on how the Department of Health and Human Services graded applicants for anti-trafficking grants and asked why the U.S. bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services was denied one.


Contraceptive Mandate
Designed to Impact Catholics,
CEO Tells Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 4, 2011 -- The federal government's new contraceptive and sterilization insurance coverage mandate includes a religious exemption whose language was designed specifically to counter Catholic institutions' conscience protections, one Catholic health care leader told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee Nov. 2.




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