Trump administration won’t drop contraceptive mandate appeal

Instead of withdrawing government's case, Justice Department asks federal appeals court for 60 extra days to negotiate an agreement with plaintiffs

With President Donald Trump’s administration signaling that it is not dropping the HHS mandate cases against religious non-profits, plaintiffs are concerned that the action does not reflect promises made during the presidential campaign. “The government has a chance to do the right thing here. It got it wrong for five years in these cases, almost six years,” said Eric … [Read more...]

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New transgender surgery regulations challenged

Nuns, Catholic university among plaintiffs in lawsuit over federal rule forcing doctors to perform gender transition procedures on children

The following comes from a November 7 Beckett Fund press release: WASHINGTON, D.C. – The State of North Dakota along with several hospitals, a university, and health clinics, filed a lawsuit today challenging a new federal regulation. The new regulation forces doctors to ignore science and their medical judgment and perform gender transition procedures on children, even if … [Read more...]

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Forcing doctors to perform sex-change surgery

New HHS regulation makes surgeons give "a good reason" for saying no

The following comes from an August 24 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: Following the federal government stating that doctors cannot decline performing sex reassignment surgeries, a group of states, doctors, and hospitals are suing in the name of medical ethics. “The effect is that there are doctors all across the country that are going to be asked to perform … [Read more...]

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Abortion fight stalls Obama nominee

HHS secretary nomination delayed over CA law requiring mandatory abortion coverage in insurance policies

The following comes from an April 28 The Hill article by Peter Sullivan: Democrats are crying foul over the Republican blockade of a top Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee who has been ensnared in a dispute over abortion. Mary Wakefield’s nomination to be deputy HHS secretary, the department’s No. 2 position, was once noncontroversial, but Republicans on the Senate … [Read more...]

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Thomas Aquinas College optimistic about HHS Mandate case

College General Counsel: SCOTUS justices 'are trying to protect the religious entities’ interest while meeting the government’s interest'

The following comes from a March 30 news release from Thomas Aquinas College: Thomas Aquinas College officials have responded with optimism to the U.S. Supreme Court’s order — less than a week after hearing oral arguments in the case of Zubik v. Burwell — that both sides file supplemental briefs to aid the justices in their decision. “This is encouraging news,” says … [Read more...]

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Don’t make us pick between our faith and the poor

Little Sisters' case will go Supreme Court this term

The following comes from a January 6 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: Religious sisters should not be forced to choose between caring for the poor and obeying their conscience, the Little Sisters of the Poor told the Supreme Court in a recent legal brief, adding that this is what the government is demanding of them through the HHS mandate. “We perform this … [Read more...]

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Will Thomas Aquinas College get fined?

Another appeal to the Supreme Court

The following comes from a Sept. 1 release by the Cardinal Newman Society. Last week, Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, Calif., appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for relief from the HHS Mandate with the Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. But should the court fail to protect their religious freedom, TAC President Dr. Michael … [Read more...]

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