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"I'm very proud that, according to Pew, 'government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion are more than two times lower in countries where Catholics are the majority population than in countries where Catholics are a minority.' Respect for religious freedom rooted in basic human dignity is a core Catholic teaching." 

– Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York, USCCB President


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HHS Mandate Legal Resources


Here, you can find more in-depth materials and analysis of the HHS mandate and its implications, including the narrow exemption and proposed “accommodation” for certain employers, as well as information on the lawsuits filed around the country by Catholic and non-Catholic entities seeking to preserve their religious liberty.

Litigation Resources

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed around the country opposing the HHS mandate. Many of these lawsuits were filed by Catholic dioceses, Catholic schools and universities, Catholic health systems, and Catholic charitable organizations that have been forced to facilitate and fund activities that violate their religious and moral convictions. Other lawsuits have been filed by plaintiffs—both Catholic and non-Catholic—who also oppose the HHS mandate. In the first court ruling to address the religious liberty merits, the plaintiffs—Catholics who run a family-owned business—won a preliminary injunction against the HHS mandate. Many more businesses have won similar relief. 

Please pray for the continuing efforts of those seeking to vindicate their constitutional and statutory rights to religious liberty.

Legal Analyses

U.S. Bishops Seek to Live by Faith, Serve Needy, Insure Employees; Continue Moral, Legal Analysis Of HHS Mandate, September 17, 2013

Final Rule Still Requires Action in Congress by Courts, Says Cardinal Dolan - July 2013

USCCB Says Administration Mandate Violates First Amendment Freedoms of Religious Organizations and Others - March 2013

Legal Analysis of HHS Contraception Mandate - March 2012

USCCB Comments on Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preventive Services (May 2012) and Initial Key Points on the ANPRM - April 2012

Interim Final Rules on Preventive Services - August 2011

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