Tag: Contraception

USA Today gets religious freedom right

USA Today gets religious freedom right

| Sister Mary Ann Walsh | January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

With its recent editorial “Obamacare overreach tramples Little Sisters of the Poor,” USA Today joins the Chicago Tribune among the mainstream print outlets to “get it” when it comes to religious freedom.

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Why we need conscience rights in health care

Why we need conscience rights in health care

| Sarah Schaefer | July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

No health care professional should have to leave her conscience at the door when she goes to work

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New HHS lawsuit cites violations of Constitution, religious liberty law

New HHS lawsuit cites violations of Constitution, religious liberty law

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Claiming that the HHS contraception mandate violates their rights under three U.S. constitutional amendments and a 1993 federal law protecting religious liberty, a law firm representing Michael and Stanley Brey, brothers and co-owners of the Monticello-based company named SMA, LLC, filed the third Minnesota lawsuit against the statute earlier this month, bringing the number of cases to more than 60 nationally.

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Catholics told they must be ‘fearless leaders’

Catholics told they must be ‘fearless leaders’

In dealing with several serious issues confronting the church and society today, “the only question is how you respond, not whether you should,” said Helen Alvare at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held May 9 in Washington.

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What does the HHS mandate really mean for Catholics?

What does the HHS mandate really mean for Catholics?

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Catholics who work at for-profit companies might not feel morally challenged by the fact that abortifacients, elective sterilization and contraceptives are now 100 percent covered under their health plans because they’re not obligated to use them.

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FDA ‘acted irresponsibly’ in lowering age for emergency contraceptives

FDA ‘acted irresponsibly’ in lowering age for emergency contraceptives

The Food and Drug Administration “acted irresponsibly” with its decision to lower the age limit from 17 to 15 for purchasing an over-the-counter emergency contraceptive, said an official of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Second MN company gets court relief from HHS mandate

Second MN company gets court relief from HHS mandate

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The owner of a St. Joseph, Minn., manufacturing company, who this winter filed the second Minnesota lawsuit challenging the HHS contraception mandate as a violation of religious liberty, was granted temporary relief in U.S. District Court last week from the federal requirement until a permanent decision is reached.

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Court denies Catholic business owner’s  request for relief from contraceptive mandate

Court denies Catholic business owner’s request for relief from contraceptive mandate

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | January 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Concluding that a government requirement that employers provide contraceptive, sterilization and abortifacient insurance coverage to their employees does not represent a “substantial burden”

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The Pill as health care?

The Pill as health care?

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | January 7, 2013 | 3 Comments

Physicians will sometimes prescribe a hormonal regimen (in the form of a hormonal contraceptive like the Pill) to treat certain gynecological problems like heavy menstrual bleeding, dysmenorrhea (painful periods), PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), endometriosis, or other conditions like severe acne. In these cases, the Pill is used not as a contraceptive, but as a therapy for a medical condition.

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MN Catholic businessmen file complaint against HHS mandate

MN Catholic businessmen file complaint against HHS mandate

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

“The mandate sets a dangerous precedent in asserting that religious objections don’t need to be accommodated.”

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Natural family planning summer class schedule

Natural family planning summer class schedule

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Natural family planning classes will take place at various sites in July, August and September. Call the provider listed to register or for more information

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Doctor says priest instrumental in her choosing ‘to do the right thing’

Doctor says priest instrumental in her choosing ‘to do the right thing’

| Dr. Melissa Schimnowski | July 18, 2012 | 3 Comments

I am a family practice physician who stopped prescribing any form of birth control two years ago. What a relief that was! I was finally able to go to work each day without feelings of anxiety and guilt, which had been my constant companions for many months. Still, it took several trips to the confessional before I felt forgiven for the years that I had ordered contraceptive shots and written out prescriptions for “the pill.”

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