Catholic employers win injunction against contraception mandate

Federal judge rules in favor of the Catholic Benefits Association, which represents more than 1,000 Catholic employers

A federal judge ruled in favor of the Catholic Benefits Association last week, issuing a permanent injunction and declaratory relief against the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate.This means that organizations belonging to the CBA do not have to provide coverage of drugs, the use of which they believe to be immoral, as dictated by the mandate. The … [Read more...]

U.S. Department of Justice settles lawsuits over HHS contraceptive mandate

Plaintiffs will not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for “morally unacceptable” products and procedures, including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs

A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate. The Oct. 13 agreement was reached between the government and the law firm Jones Day, which represented more than 70 clients … [Read more...]

President Trump eliminates HHS birth-control mandate

New policy, announced today, allows virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral objection to Obamacare's birth-control coverage requirement

The Trump administration will allow virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral objection to Obamacare's birth control coverage mandate under a sweeping rollback announced Friday. The new policies, which take effect immediately, reignite a fierce battle over one of the health care law's most controversial provisions and quickly drew legal challenges. The requirement … [Read more...]

Why is HHS contraception order still standing?

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo wants to know why the onerous regulations are still on the books

After meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office on May 4, I sat in the Rose Garden and listened as the president promised the Little Sisters of the Poor that their “long ordeal” with the government’s contraceptive mandate “would soon be over.” Yet here we are, nearly three months later, and the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate still stands. President Trump asked … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]