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"We need a robust and healthy religious freedom in our nation. We need laws like the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act to protect people of deep faith convictions when their practice is threatened. This act…ensures that, when government authorities would impose a practice that conflicts with the deeply held religious beliefs of some, the government must make a special showing to justify both the ends and the means. The government's ends must be compelling, and it must choose the means, among all those available, that is the least restrictive of religious exercise."

– Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, USCCB President
Fortnight 2014 Closing Mass Homily


HHS Mandate Fact Sheets and Statements

Did you know that the HHS mandate forces coverage of sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs and devices as well as contraception?  Find out more information you should know from the fact sheets and statements below.

Fact Sheets & Statements


Fact Sheet About the Health Care Conscience Rights Act

Why We Need a Health Care Conscience Rights Act  |  En Español

Twelve Things Everyone Should Know About the "Contraceptive Mandate"

Standing Together for Religious Freedom
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and Dr. Russell D. Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and over 100 religious leaders and scholars released an open letter July 2.

United for Religious Freedom, March 14, 2012 - The bishops on the USCCB's Administrative Committee thank "all who have stood firmly with us in our vigorous opposition to this unjust and illegal mandate and clarify what the mandate is and is not about."

Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty, April 12, 2012  |  En Español

Love and Sexuality. Are the Church's teaching on love and sexuality antiquated? There has been a great deal of attention to the recent HHS mandate requiring almost all private health plans to cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. Learn how the Church's teaching on love, sexuality, and contraception is rich and full of good news.


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