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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.
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 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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