"Unacceptable" - A Statement signed by Notre Dame Faculty, Princeton & Harvard Professors, and Various Academic and Legal Experts: http://www.becketfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Garvey-Glendon-George-Sn...
USCCB Statement After Obama's "Compromise": http://www.usccb.org/news/2012/12-026.cfm
Bishop Lori in the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/the-jesus-mandate-vs-ob...
Fellow Catholics - let's unite in this fight to protect our religious liberty and freedom of conscience. Please learn more about the church's longstanding and solid teaching on contraception, pray for our leaders to rescind this mandate, and prepare yourselves mentally and spiritually to disobey this unjust law, if necessary. This "compromise" is an accounting gimmick, smoke and mirrors - the same issues exist in terms of the government forcing us to act against a major tenant or our faith. The rescission of this mandate is the only complete solution.
Christians, Jews, Muslims, and people of any faith or no faith - please stand with us in this fight to protect our most fundamental constitutional right, the right to free religious practice. We want to be left alone to do our work and practice our faith in good conscience, just like you.
If you and I don't stand up and do something, who will?
Bishops Vow to Fight Coercive HHS MandateOn February 10, the Catholic bishops of the United States called for a renewed effort to change the HHS imposed mandate that violates conscience rights & religious liberty. The Administration's “accommodation” still forces objecting organizations and individuals to pay for “services” that violate their religious convictions.
~ The original unjust rule has not been changed, but rather finalized.Latest News: On March 1, the Senate voted 51-48 to "table" the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act as amended to the Transportation appropriations bill by Senator Blunt. Bishop Lori, chair of the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, responded in a brief press release statement, "We will not rest until the protection of conscience rights is restored and the First Amendment is returned to its place of respect in the Bill of Rights."
~ HHS has promised some kind of “accommodation,” but only after the election.
~ The promised “accommodation”— even at its best — would still force our institutions to violate their beliefs.
~ There's no exemption for objecting insurers, secular employers,
for-profit religious employers, or individuals.
- TAKE ACTION: Personalize your message to Congress now!!
- Download the USCCB's HHS Mandate Bulletin Insert in English or en Español.
- Read the latest ACTION ALERT.
He urged Catholics and the public at large to speak out in protest. Watch his video & then take action today!
See the impressive list of links to the bishops' statements.
USCCB Responds to Misleading White House Blog Entry"White House Misrepresents Its Own Contraceptive Mandate"
The Obama administration, to justify its widely-criticized mandate for contraception and sterilization coverage in private health plans, has posted a set of false and misleading claims on the White House blog (“Health Reform, Preventive Services, and Religious Institutions,” February 1). This new USCCB fact sheet quotes and responds to each claim in turn.
On January 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reaffirmed a rule forcing virtually all private health care plans to cover sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception. These are listed among "preventive services for women" that all health plans will have to cover without co-pays or other cost-sharing -- regardless of whether the insurer, the employer or other plan sponsor, or even the woman herself objects to such coverage.
The exemption provided for "religious employers" was so narrow that it failed to cover the vast majority of faith-based organizations—including Catholic hospitals, universities, and charities—that help millions every year. Ironically, not even Jesus and his disciples would have qualified for the exemption, because it excludes those who mainly serve people of another faith.
On February 10, the Obama Administration made this rule final “without change”; delayed enforcement for a year against religious nonprofits that were still not exempted (our charities, hospitals, and colleges); and promised to develop more regulations to “accommodate” them by the end of that additional year. But that promised “accommodation” still forces them to pay for “services” that violate their religious convictions.
- The original rule that violated our religious liberty so severely has not been changed, but finalized.
- HHS has promised some kind of “accommodation,” but only after the election.
- The promised “accommodation”—even at its best—would still force our institutions to violate their beliefs.
- There is no exemption for objecting insurers, secular employers, for-profit religious employers, or individuals.
We urgently need legislation to correct the mandate’s threats to religious liberty and conscience rights. The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act has been introduced in Congress (H.R. 1179/S. 1467) to ensure that those who participate in the market for health insurance “retain the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions.”
More than 400 Catholic leaders have called The open letter appeared as a full page ad
- Write to Congress. . . urging support for the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179, S. 1467).
- Share this page with others so they can get informed & take action, too. Social media & e-mail options are found under "SHARE" at the upper right of this page -- and at the upper right corner of Cardinal-designate Dolan's video. . . .
- Will contraception really be "free" under this coercive mandate? Read Richard Doerflinger's column "The High Costs of 'Free' Birth Control" to find out.
- There's lots of confusion about what the HHS edict involves. For a quick summary, see our 2-page FAQ called The HHS Mandate for Contraception/Sterilization Coverage: An Attack on Rights of Conscience.
- For more information on the HHS mandate and its inadequate conscience protection, read our Preventive Services Backgrounder.
- Learn about some of the numerous federal laws and regulations that currently protect rights of conscientious objection.
Select News Releases
- Cardinal Dolan Voices Dismay at Handling by White House in Letter Updating Bishops on HHS Mandate Controversy - March 2, 2012
- Senate Vote to Set Aside Conscience Act Marks Chance to Build Bipartisan Support, Seek Judicial Remedies for Religious Freedom - March 1, 2012
- HHS Mandate Creates Absurd Results, Bishop Lori Tells House Judiciary Committee - February 28, 2012
+ 'Without change' suddenly means 'with change'
+ ‘Choice’ means ‘force’
+ Liberalism becomes illiberal
+ Sterilization, contraception, abortifacients treated as if essential; but 'essential health benefits' not
- Bishop Lori Tells Parable of the Kosher Deli and the Pork Mandate in Congressional Testimony - February 16, 2012
- Cardinal Urges Senate Support of "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act" - February 15, 2012
- Bishop Blaire Refutes White House Press Secretary's Claim that Bishops Never Supported Heath Care Reform - February 14, 2012
- Bishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty - February 10
+ Regulatory changes limited and unclear
+ Rescission of mandate only complete solution
+ Continue urging passage of Respect for Rights of Conscience Act
- Cardinal-Designate Dolan Speaks Out Against HHS Rule, Calls For Action In New Web Video - January 20
- U.S. Bishops Vow to Fight HHS Edict - January 20
- U.S. Bishops Welcome Pope's Reaffirmation of Religious Liberty During Ad Limina Visit - January 19
- Bishops Hail Court Decision Upholding Religious Liberty - January 11, 2012
- Cardinal Calls For Greater Conscience Protection In Health Care Reform On Eve Of Subcommittee Hearing - November 1, 2011
- Cardinal Reaffirms Support for Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, Cites HHS Mandate as Cause for Urgency - September 7, 2011
- USCCB Urges Rescission of HHS Contraceptive Mandate,Criticizes 'Inexplicably Narrow' Definition of Religious Freedom - August 31, 2011