PITTSBURGH — A federal judge Nov. 21 granted the Pittsburgh and Erie dioceses a preliminary injunction against the federal health care law's contraceptive mandate, saying religious employers' right to adhere to their moral objections to it outweighs a government decision to widen access to contraceptives.
Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik said that "all who recognize the importance of religious liberty should be very pleased" with the ruling by Judge Arthur J. Schwab of the U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania.
A Missouri state representative and his wife are seeking court protection as they appeal a decision in their suit in federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate, which requires health coverage of drugs, devices and procedures they and others find morally objectionable.
On August 11, 2013 Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke at a forum held by Credo of the Catholic Laity-St. Louis on the HHS Mandate. Listen to the podcast to hear how Catholics should respond to threats to religious freedom.
A Missouri state representative has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate that requires health coverage of drugs, devices and procedures the Church teaches are morally objectionable.
Attorneys with the Thomas More Society filed the suit Aug. 14 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on behalf of Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, and his wife, Teresa. The suit also names the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Labor.
WASHINGTON — The final rules issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implementing its mandate that employers provide coverage of contraceptives do not eliminate "the need to continue defending our rights in Congress and the courts," said New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan in a July 3 statement.
The cardinal, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted that the bishops' conference "has not completed its analysis of the final rule," but he said "some basic elements of the final rule have already come into focus."