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HHS rule helps ‘restore rights of health care providers,’ say bishops

HHS rule helps ‘restore rights of health care providers,’ say bishops

| Julie Asher | June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The chairmen of three U.S. bishops’ committees welcomed a final rule implemented by the Trump administration June 12 to restore “the long-standing position of the federal government that discrimination on the basis of ‘sex’ means just that and does not refer to ‘termination of pregnancy’ nor ‘gender identity.'”

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Head of FDA urged to ensure any COVID vaccine be free of abortion connection

Head of FDA urged to ensure any COVID vaccine be free of abortion connection

| April 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

The chairmen of four U.S. bishops’ committees, joined by the leaders of several health care, bioethics and pro-life organizations, “urgently and respectfully” implored the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure any vaccines developed for the coronavirus “are free from any connection to abortion.”

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HHS issues proposal on faith-based agencies’ adoption, foster placements

HHS issues proposal on faith-based agencies’ adoption, foster placements

| November 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Trump administration Nov. 1 announced a proposed rule to allow faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to follow their deeply held religious beliefs and not place children with same-sex couples.

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HHS bans NIH from using fetal tissue from elective abortions in research

HHS bans NIH from using fetal tissue from elective abortions in research

| Elizabeth Bachmann | June 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services banned the National Institutes of Health from using human fetal stem cells from electively aborted babies for government funded research June 5.

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Final HHS rule confirms religious exemption to contraceptive mandate

Final HHS rule confirms religious exemption to contraceptive mandate

| Julie Asher | November 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

A rule finalizing the religious exemption to the contraceptive mandate should be “the end of a long cultural war fight” over the issue and confirm that the U.S. government ” never needed nuns to give out contraceptives” to women, said the president of the Becket law firm.

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Court hears arguments in suit aiming to take mandate exemption from nuns

Court hears arguments in suit aiming to take mandate exemption from nuns

| October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco heard oral arguments Oct. 19 in a lawsuit that aims to overturn a 2017 federal regulation expanding the exemption to the federal contraceptive mandate to include the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers.

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U.S. urged to end funding of research using tissue from aborted babies

U.S. urged to end funding of research using tissue from aborted babies

| September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities praised a decision by the U.S. secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to end a Food and Drug Administration contract with a company “whose business is to procure aborted baby parts for research.”

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Oral arguments heard in states’ suits on religious exemption to mandate

Oral arguments heard in states’ suits on religious exemption to mandate

| December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The U.S. District Court in Philadelphia heard oral arguments Dec. 14 in a suit that aims to take away the exemption granted in October to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers allowing them to refuse to cover contraceptives for their employees on moral grounds.

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Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

| October 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance.

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Church leaders welcome leaked HHS draft lifting contraceptive mandate

Church leaders welcome leaked HHS draft lifting contraceptive mandate

| Carol Zimmermann | June 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

The 125-page document leaked to the press May 31 — and under final review by the White House Office of Management and Budget — details objections to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers cover contraceptives in their employee health plans despite their moral objections to such coverage.

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Bishops launch letter campaign urging Trump to protect religious freedom

Bishops launch letter campaign urging Trump to protect religious freedom

| Carol Zimmermann | February 8, 2017 | 2 Comments

Saying “religious freedom in America has suffered years of unprecedented erosion,” the U.S. Catholic bishops have posted an online letter for Catholics to send to President Donald Trump urging him to sign an executive order promoting religious freedom.

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Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

| December 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

The Catholic Benefits Association, the Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota filed a lawsuit Dec. 28 in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against a federal regulation scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 that redefines “sex” for anti-discrimination purposes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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