Contraception

September 23, 2014

Criticism of Abortion Funding in Obamacare Crosses Party Lines

Legislators on both sides of the aisle criticized the lack of transparency in the Affordable Care Act.

September 5, 2014

Obama Administration Drops Appeals in Three Mandate Cases

According to Alliance Defending Freedom, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its appeals in The Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company v. Burwell, Armstrong v. Burwell and Briscoe v. Burwell cases.

August 22, 2014

Bishops, Religious Groups Concerned Over Latest HHS Mandate Rule Change

USCCB president says new regulations “still requires provisions of objectionable coverage” of contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs by religious employers.

July 9, 2014

Cardinal Dolan: N.Y. Times Adds to Long History of Anti-Catholic Bigotry in the U.S.

The New York archbishop said in a July editorial that the ad suggests that the justices’ Catholic faith makes it impossible for them ‘to protect the cherished Constitution they have sworn on a Bible to uphold.’

April 16, 2014

Archbishop Aquila Leads Rally Against Colorado Abortion Bill

One thousand pro-lifers prayed April 15 outside the State Capitol against the bill, which would ban any state or local policies restricting abortion.

April 14, 2014

Register Radio: Making Gay Okay and Martha’s Village

March 14, 2014

Women’s Freedom Isn’t Reliant on Contraception, Scholar Says

Helen Alvare told a gathering at The Catholic University of America that contraception promotes an ideology rather than authentic feminism.

February 8, 2014

U.N. Committee to Vatican: Change Church Teaching

Catholic experts on how the U.N. operates say this week’s controversial report demonstrates the out-of-control radicalism of the committees that monitor United Nations treaties.

February 7, 2014

The New Rights at the U.N. Are Dead Wrong

COMMENTARY: The current stance of the Committee on the Rights of the Child reflects a worrisome shift in all the developed nations of the world — including the United States.

January 14, 2014

‘USA Today’ to Obama: Leave the Little Sisters Alone

The daily newspaper’s editors call the administration’s effort ‘a political loser.’

October 28, 2013

EWTN, State of Alabama File New Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate

‘The government should not be in the business of forcing people to violate their religious convictions,’ said Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

October 11, 2013

Long Islanders Gather for Massive Rosary Rally for Freedom

Hundreds turn out to pray the Rosary and rally for religious liberty threatened by the HHS mandate.

September 25, 2013

Loyola Marymount Cancels Abortion Coverage Amid Faculty Protests

The decision is opposed by professors who insist that ‘obedience and conformity to Catholic doctrine’ contradicts LMU’s ‘Jesuit and Marymount traditions.’

August 20, 2013

Catholic League Petition Demands End to HHS Mandate

The organization’s president, Bill Donohue, argues the Obama administration must scrap the HHS mandate now that repeated fixes have failed.

July 26, 2013

Vatican Bishop: ‘Humanae Vitae’ Foresaw Today’s Technological Dangers

Pope Paul VI published the groundbreaking encyclical 45 years ago yesterday.

July 9, 2013

U.S. Bishops: Concerns Remain Over Final Contraception Mandate

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York explains in a July 3 statement that, based on a preliminary analysis of the mandate, there’s no reason for the Church to stop fighting for religious freedom.

June 28, 2013

Hobby Lobby Moves Forward in Seeking Mandate Reprieve

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted en banc consideration of Hobby Lobby’s appeal and reversed a lower district court’s ruling from last December.

June 12, 2013

IRS Scandals Raise Doubts Over HHS Mandate Judgment

The way the regulation is written, it is the IRS that determines whether an organization qualifies for full exemption from the HHS mandate.

June 12, 2013

Venezuelan Educator Calls Condoms ‘Russian Roulette’ for Youth

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the installation of a group of factories to produce millions of condoms in Venezuela.

June 7, 2013

Global Contraception Push Aims to ‘Eliminate Motherhood’

Head of an international charity says the best solution to reduce the maternal death rate is to help support mothers during pregnancy, delivery and recovery.

May 31, 2013

Contraception Funding Charges Inaccurate, New York Archdiocese Says

The archdiocese had no other option but to pay into the fund which administers the union members’ benefits ‘under protest’ to continue to offer insurance to its union workers and remain in the health-care field in New York.

May 31, 2013

Study Documents Abortion’s Global Health Threat to Women

Pro-life group suggests that the World Health Organization adopt measures that ‘protect women from abortion’ and work to ‘improve women’s health care.’

May 13, 2013

Canada's Pro-Life March Reflects Growing Movement

Tens of thousands of Canadians stand up for life at the country's 16th annual March for Life.

May 1, 2013

Critics Say Calif. Infertility Bill Violates Children’s Rights

The president of Catholics for the Common Good says the practice of creating children from sperm and egg donors has consequences and is an injustice to the child.

March 14, 2013

Descendant of Founding American Files 50th Mandate Lawsuit

The Thomas More Law Center is handling the legal case with Beckwith Electric.

February 7, 2013

HHS Mandate — Big Bucks for ‘Big Pharma’?

NEWS ANALYSIS: Co-pay-free contraception and abortifacients likely will deliver windfall profits to pharmaceutical companies eager to sell expensive ‘brand drugs.’

January 25, 2013

Ask Fr. Barron: What to say to Catholics who struggle with Church teaching?

January 4, 2013

Contraception Mandate Kicks In for Wave of Employers

The battle over religious freedom intensifies as the controversial federal contraception mandate goes into effect for many for-profit employers.

November 29, 2012

Missouri Business Granted Injunction Against HHS Mandate

The company’s Catholic owner says the contraceptive mandate violates his religious freedom by forcing him to provide insurance coverage for morally objectionable drugs and procedures.

October 12, 2012

Contraception, the Election and the New Evangelization

Oct. 7 issue column

October 10, 2012

The Shocking Ethics Behind the Contraceptive Choice Project

September 28, 2012

Thank God for the HHS Mandate

September 19, 2012

The Facebook Meme that Proves that We Live in a Culture of Death

September 17, 2012

The Hardest Part About Pitching NFP

September 12, 2012

Why Secular Culture is Afraid of Life

August 31, 2012

Government 'Moving Goalposts' in HHS Contraceptive Mandate Controversy, Lawyer Charges

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney also says 'government bureaucrats' are 'redefining what religious faith is.'

August 30, 2012

Conversion in the IVF Laboratory

Dr. Anthony Caruso describes his journey from fertility specialist to pro-life doctor

August 22, 2012

Do Impoverished Women Really Feel Burdened by Their Children?

August 20, 2012

The Silent Suffering of Women Denied Children

August 15, 2012

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Cardinal Dolan Defends Invitation to Obama for Al Smith Banquet

New York cardinal says the invitation affirms the importance of civility and dialogue, but acknowledges concerns that gesture could cause 'scandal.'

August 9, 2012

Obama, in Denver Campaign Stop, Reaffirms Support for Mandatory Contraception Coverage

August 9, 2012

Catholic Hospital Chain's Employee Benefits Include Coverage of NFP Training Costs

Move is alternative to HHS 'contraceptive mandate,' which Franciscan Alliance is continuing to fight in court.

August 8, 2012

Time's Up: Catholic Business Owners Weigh Moral Options in HHS Mandate

National Catholic Bioethics Center issues guidelines for navigating First Amendment threat.

August 3, 2012

The Sexual Revolution’s Predictable Results

Mary Eberstadt, author of Adam and Eve After the Pill, discusses sex, women’s happiness and cultural paradoxes.

July 31, 2012

Hercules Wins Round 1 Against Federal Government

Catholic family-owned business won't have to implement contraception mandate by tomorrow's deadline.

July 27, 2012

Colorado Company Secures Injunction Against HHS Mandate

Judge’s decision marks the first ruling to state that religious freedom prevails over the government’s arguments for the HHS mandate.

July 26, 2012

Melinda Gates and the Contraceptive Imperialists

Commentary: Imagine what impact Gates would have with Catholic teaching on her side.

July 24, 2012

Catholic Business Owners Seek Injunction to Halt HHS Mandate Compliance

Churches exempt, ministries in question, but this lawsuit asks: what about individual conscientious objectors?

July 23, 2012

U.S. Bishops' Relief Agency Defends Alliance With Aid Organization

'All of the CRS programs and all of the funds used by CRS are entirely consistent with Church teaching.'

July 21, 2012

Second HHS Mandate Lawsuit Dismissed on 'Technical Grounds'

Decision 'simply delays Belmont Abbey College’s ability to challenge mandate for a few months,' says Becket Fund lawyer.

July 19, 2012

'Breakthrough' Effort to Secure Conscience Rights in HHS Mandate Fight

U.S. bishops welcome inclusion of conscience provisions in a House subcommittee appropriations bill for Health and Human Services funding.

July 16, 2012

Chen Guangcheng's Escape Marks New Era of Outrage Against Forced Abortions in China

Researcher charges that the U.N. Population Fund, a partner in the Gates Foundation birth-control campaign, ‘is directly responsible for forced abortions … in China.’

July 16, 2012

Melinda Gates and Her Extreme Makeover Population Control

The wife of billionaire Bill Gates launches a concerted campaign against Catholic teaching on contraception.

July 16, 2012

Parents Take Battle With Planned Parenthood to Next Level

Outrage grows against organization's sex instruction in schools.

July 5, 2012

Robert Muise Extends His Marine Corps Oath to Law Practice

Fortnight for Freedom Profile: 'I swore to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic,' says founder of American Freedom Law Center.

June 30, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom in Boston: Cardinal O'Malley and Catholic Leaders Educate on the Issues

Town hall panel includes head of Knights of Columbus and president of Catholic University.

June 29, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health-Care Law, Stage Set for First Amendment Showdown

Although the court ruled on the constitutionality of Obamacare, it left the door open to those pursuing the right to religious freedom.

June 29, 2012

Bringing Sexy Back

June 28, 2012

Archbishop Lori Tells Rome Conference That Religious Freedom Must Be Defended

Baltimore Church leader was featured speaker at Religious Liberty Observatory.

June 28, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom Profile: Catholics Called to Witness

A doctor, his wife and a few friends produce a video on the essentials in Catholic voting.

June 27, 2012

Carl Anderson: Threats to Religious Liberty Bring Opportunity for Authentic Catholic Witness

Knights of Columbus head says Catholics will have ‘something great to offer’ by living their faith in public.

June 22, 2012

Archbishop Lori Opens Fortnight for Freedom at Baltimore Basilica

More than 1,000 people throng historic church to hear a rousing sermon on religious liberty.

June 22, 2012

Stacy Thomlison: Nebraska Plaintiff in Legal Challenge to HHS Mandate

A Register Fortnight for Freedom profile

June 18, 2012

Course Correction: Sister Carol Keehan Now Opposes Obama 'Accommodation' for HHS Mandate

The Catholic Health Association's president calls for a broader religious exemption.

June 16, 2012

Sr. Keehan Turns on Obama?

June 14, 2012

Archbishop Lori: Labeling Knights of Columbus Partisan Is an Injustice

At bishops' meeting, head of religious-freedom committee responds to a reporter's question about funding.

June 14, 2012

Religious Freedom Dominates U.S. Bishops' Meeting

Archbishop Lori signals commitment to defense of individual conscience rights and the free exercise of Catholic institutions.

June 12, 2012

Archbishop Lori Highlights Role of Laity in Fortnight For Freedom

'It is the laity who are the ones that bring about the just and tranquil society,' says chairman of bishops' religious freedom committee.

June 12, 2012

Catholic Lawmaker Seeks Colleagues' Support for HHS Mandate Suits

June 10, 2012

Faith and Freedom on the New Haven Green

It was only one of scores of rallies June 8, but for religious liberty in America, this is 'hallowed ground.'

June 8, 2012

Americans Stand Up for Religious Freedom on Bill of Rights’ Anniversary

Rallies draw more than 75,000 people to protest HHS ‘contraceptive mandate.’

June 7, 2012

Is the Girl Scouts Safe for Catholic Girls? Part 2

As the U.S. bishops take up an inquiry, parents continue to be concerned about the organization. Boys who 'identify' as girls are welcome to join in Colorado.

June 6, 2012

Is the Girl Scouts Safe for Catholic Girls?

U.S. bishops’ committee for laity looking into ‘possible problematic relationships with other organizations,’ materials and resources. Part 1 of 2.

June 4, 2012

Vatican Publishes Judgment Against Sexual Ethics Book

Sister Margaret Farley’s text ‘cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching,’ states a notification likely to fuel debate over the obligations of Catholic women religious.

June 2, 2012

The Pill Will Make You Free?

Saturday Book Pick: Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution.

May 23, 2012

Arizona Passes Exemption for Religious Employers

The law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, seeks to better protect religious liberty if federal 'contraceptive mandate' is struck down.

May 21, 2012

Unprecedented Legal Action Takes HHS Mandate Battle to the Courts

Bishops say the federal law is still 'unjust' and 'coercive,' as 43 Catholic dioceses and institutions file lawsuits May 21.

May 18, 2012

Sebelius Speaks at Georgetown Despite Protests

HHS secretary refers to JFK speech on religion and politics, as she encourages students to embrace public service.

May 8, 2012

Sebelius at Georgetown — A Shot Across the Bow of the Bishops?

Professor initiates letter campaign to rescind the invitation for the HHS secretary to speak at a graduation event.

May 4, 2012

Daily Show Jon Stewart FAIL on HHS Mandate

May 3, 2012

United Nations Pushes for Abortion Expansion

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls for universal access for girls.

May 3, 2012

Public Comments Overwhelmingly Oppose HHS Mandate

97% Oppose Contraception Mandate

April 28, 2012

Sebelius Says She Sought Religious 'Balance,' But Ignored Key Precedents

April 27, 2012

HHS Hire of Planned Parenthood Spokesman Reflects Close Relationship

April 27, 2012

Why Do We Call It a "Culture of Death"?

April 18, 2012

Bishops Appeal Court Ruling, Attempt to Restore Government Contracts for Trafficking Program

Archbishops Gomez and Lori warn that other faith-based programs will be affected by the ruling.

April 18, 2012

The Contraception Trap

April 13, 2012

Register Radio: Humanae Vitae and Divine Mercy

Father Greg Markey and Joseph Pronechen

April 12, 2012

Excerpts From 'Our First, Most Cherished Liberty'

New USCCB statement on religious liberty: 'What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free ... society — or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good.'

April 12, 2012

Bishops Issue Statement on Religious Liberty

'An unjust law cannot be obeyed,' they state, in face of growing threats to freedom.

April 10, 2012

Xavier University Cancels Contraception Coverage

Standing up for Church teaching, Jesuit college president stirs up some opposition among faculty, while many others in the Catholic community applaud the decision.

April 10, 2012

Was JFK Right to Uphold an ‘Absolute’ Separation of Church and State?

Rick Santorum bows out of the race. But his critique of President Kennedy has already prompted Cardinal Dolan to offer his own assessment of JFK's legacy, signaling a broader push to challenge Catholic attitudes on political engagement.

April 4, 2012

Girl-Power Bible Movies, Mohammed & Charlemagne, Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit, and much more!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

April 3, 2012

‘What If the Sexual Revolution Didn’t Make Women Happy?’ Mary Eberstadt Asks in New Book

As supporters of HHS contraceptive mandate ask, 'Where are the women?' author marshals a half century of social research to vindicate 'Humanae Vitae.'

March 23, 2012

140 Cities Expected to See Religious Freedom Rallies Today

Thousands expected to gather in opposition to the HHS mandate on second anniversary of health-care reform act.

March 22, 2012

State of Alabama Joins EWTN Lawsuit

March 16, 2012

HHS Issues Statement Confirming Outlines of Contraception Mandate 'Accommodation'

Catholic universities will also be subject to policy that attempts to shift costs for contraception services to insurance companies, though critics call this an ‘accounting trick.’

March 14, 2012

Baseball, Steroids, the Pill and Russian Roulette

Did you know there are similarities between anabolic steroids and the pill?

March 12, 2012

Abby Johnson Is Whistleblower in Lawsuit Alleging Medicaid Fraud at Planned Parenthood

Suit dating to 2010 was just unsealed in Texas.

March 11, 2012

Religious Liberty, Blood Transfusions, Cigarettes and Contraception

Church Fights Epic Battle With the Culture

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