Federal judge blocks conscience exemptions to HHS contraception mandate

A federal court on Friday blocked Trump administration rules that made it easier for employers to deny insurance coverage of contraceptives for women. Judge Wendy Beetlestone of the Federal District Court in Philadelphia issued a preliminary injunction, saying the rules contradicted the

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2017-12-17T12:55:24-07:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Well heeled foundation spends millions to thwart religious freedom, push LGBT agenda

One wealthy activist is continuing to fund coordinated efforts to limit religious freedom and to foster dissent on abortion and LGBT issues within American Christianity and other religious groups.   The New York-based Arcus Foundation was founded by billionaire heir

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

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

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2017-10-17T23:36:56-07:00October 17th, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Gov. Brown vetoes AB 569

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed legislation wading into the contentious debate over reproductive health rights and religious freedom in the workplace. Assembly Bill 569 would have prohibited employers from punishing workers who use birth control, get an abortion or

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Federal judge upholds California’s abortion-coverage requirement

The California Department of Managed Health Care is forcing churches to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. Its mandate forces all insurance plans to cover all abortions. The state doesn’t force churches to pay for contraceptive coverage

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2017-09-05T12:29:36-07:00September 5th, 2017|Categories: Abortion and pro-life issues|Tags: , |4 Comments

Fireworks at U.S. bishops’ meeting

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted 132 to 53 today to approve the establishment of a permanent Standing Committee for Religious Liberty. Five bishops abstained from voting.  The USCCB formed the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty for three years

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2017-06-16T08:57:58-07:00June 16th, 2017|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , |35 Comments

The man behind Trump’s religious-freedom agenda for health care

The offices inside the Department of Health and Human Services are aggressively tan. Roger Severino, the newly appointed head of its Office for Civil Rights, hasn’t done much by way of decoration. Aside from a few plaques and leftover exhibits

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2017-06-08T09:09:19-07:00June 8th, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

“Life is winning in America”

United States Vice President Mike Pence exhorted those in attendance at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday to continue to be a “voice for the voiceless,” after proclaiming that “life is winning” in the nation. “Life is winning in

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Trump administration plans to eliminate contraceptive mandate for religious institutions

Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a rule to roll back a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans. The mandate for free contraceptive coverage was one

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2017-05-31T08:23:24-07:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |4 Comments