religious liberty

Maternity home denied request to intervene in MO religious liberty lawsuit

Our Lady's Inn, a maternity home for women facing unplanned pregnancies, has been denied a request to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to stop Missouri's religious liberty law.

Last December, the Missouri Insurance Coalition filed a lawsuit seeking to stop enforcement of the law, which ensures that no one is forced to pay for abortion drugs and similar items in their health insurance if it violates their religious beliefs. The law, known as SB 749, initially was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, but later overturned by the Missouri General Assembly in a special session last September.

Letters to the Editor | Free exercise of religion

Religious Freedom

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

This right among our other precious rights guarantees not just the freedom of worship, which is largely done within four walls, but the freedom to express one's religion in concrete ways in the public square: by works of charity, caring for the poor and homeless, the sick in hospitals and in providing formal education on all levels and assisting victims of private and public disasters.

Reducing threats to religious liberty top list

Defending religious liberty, protecting human life at all stages of development and ensuring economic justice for all are among the policy priorities adopted by the Missouri Catholic Conference for 2013.

Each year the public policy agency for the Catholic bishops of Missouri adopts priorities. According the Mike Hoey, MCC executive director, issues surrounding religious freedom remain of paramount concern.

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