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Big Hobby Lobby Victory on HHS Mandate in Tenth Circuit

By a vote of 5 to 3, the en banc Tenth Circuit today reversed the district judge’s ruling (which I criticized here) that denied Hobby Lobby’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the HHS mandate that would require it to provide its employees insurance coverage for abortifacients. Continue reading »

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Motion for summary reversal filed by the Archdiocese of Washington

Motion for summary reversal filed by the Archdiocese of Washington. Continue reading »

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Archdiocese of Washington’s comments in response to the NPRM issued by the Department of Health and Human Services

Archdiocese of Washington’s comments in response to the NPRM issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Continue reading »

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Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington – Motion for Summary Reversal in HHS Mandate Lawsuit Filed; Comments Filed with HHS on Latest Mandate Proposal

The Archdiocese of Washington took two steps yesterday to further its ongoing challenge to the Department of Health and Human Services Mandate, which requires employers to include abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization in their employee health plans, or face crippling penalties for noncompliance. Continue reading »

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Archdiocese of Washington Files Notice of Appeal of U.S. District Court’s Decision in Archbishop of Washington et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius

The Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs have filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia regarding the January dismissal of the archdiocese’s legal challenge to the HHS mandate. Continue reading »

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Court rules that Catholic-owned company may challenge HHS mandate

A US district court judge in western Pennsylvania has ruled a lawsuit filed by the Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company against the HHS mandate may proceed. The for-profit company is owned by a Catholic family. Continue reading »

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AFA files suit over health insurance

The American Family Association filed suit in federal court Wednesday against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, claiming health insurance mandates violate the organization’s religious liberty. Continue reading »

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Nonprofits take contraception issue to court

Religious nonprofits have begun to respond in court to the plan the Obama administration offered this month to shelter them from a mandate requiring certain employers to insure contraception — and it’s probably not what the White House wanted to hear. Continue reading »

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Statement of Archdiocese of Washington in response to the announcement of a proposed revision to the HHS mandate

Today, the Administration issued a proposed revision to regulations pertaining to the HHS mandate. We will be studying the new regulations closely and look forward to making a more comprehensive statement at a later date. Continue reading »

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Statement of Archdiocese of Washington in Response to U.S. District Court’s Decision in Archbishop of Washington et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius

Late today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs, asserting that the case is premature in light of the government’s promises to amend the HHS mandate. Importantly, this ruling was not based on the merits of our case. Continue reading »

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About Preserve Religious Freedom

This lawsuit is about religious freedom and our ability to serve the public, not about contraception. The Church maintains that the First Amendment protects the Catholic Church's ability to serve the public in accordance with its faith and to operate its religious institutions without government interference. The argument challenges the way the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines what is, and is not, a religious institution. By including an exemption at all, the government apparently agrees that, in keeping with decades of practice and precedent, religious institutions should not be compelled to purchase drugs or procedures that violate deeply held religious or moral beliefs.

But, the Administration's HHS mandate defines religious ministry so narrowly that religious schools, hospitals, and social services don't qualify as religious, and must therefore provide these drugs and procedures. This violates the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom. It forces religious organizations to sacrifice their beliefs in order to be able to continue their mission of serving the public. Read more about the plaintiffs filing this lawsuit here.

Preserve Religious Freedom
c/o Archdiocese of Washington
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260

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