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Religious Freedom and Conscience Protection

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan on HHS Conscience Regulation

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a ruling that forces nearly all private health plans to include coverage for all FDA-approved prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, as well as surgical sterilization. These are listed among "preventive services for women" that all health plans will have to cover without co-pays or cost-sharing, regardless of whether the insurer, the employer or other plan sponsor, or even the woman herself objects to such coverage. 

The exemption provided for "religious employers" is so narrow that it fails to cover the vast majority of faith-based organizations, including Catholic hospitals, universities, and service organizations that help millions every year. 

Now that the Administration has refused to recognize the Consitutional conscience rights of organizations and individuals who oppose the mandate, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is now urging Catholics and others of good will to fight this unprecedented attack on conscience rights and liberty. 

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USCCB Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Website  

Diocese of St. Petersburg Fortnight for Freedom Website

USCCB Fortnight for Freedom Website

Florida Catholic Conference Religious Freedom and Conscience Protection Website  

Foundational Church Documents on Religious Liberty

USCCB:
Religious Freedom Campaign - It's Only Just Begun - July 9, 2012
Fortnight for Freedom Prayer Resources - June 4, 2012
Fortnight for Freedom Educational Resources
- June 4, 2012
Bishops Issue Call To Action To Defend Religious Liberty - April 12, 2012
Our First, Most Cherished Liberty:  A Statement on Religious Liberty by the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty  - April 12, 2012 
United for Religious Freedom: A Statement of Administrative Committee on Religious Freedom and HHS Mandate - March 14, 2012
Senate Vote to Set Aside Conscience Act Marks Chance to Build Bipartisan Support, Seek Judicial Remedies for Religious Freedom - March 1, 2012
HHS Mandate Creates Absurd Results, Bishop Lori Tells House Judiciary Committee
- February 28, 2012
Update Letter from Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Lori -
English / Spanish - February 22, 2012
Bishop Lori's Testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about the HHS Mandate - February 16, 2012
Birth Control Mandate: A Guide on Why Bishops Object, What Remedies Should Be Pursued (Bulletin Insert)
- February 16, 2012
Six More Things about the HHS Mandate -
English / Spanish - February 14, 2012
Bishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty - February 10, 2012

Bishops Studying Initial White House Movement On Religious Liberty
 - February 10, 2012
Six Things Everyone Should Know about the HHS Mandate -
English / Spanish - February 6, 2012
White House Misrepresents Its Own Contraceptive Mandate - February 3, 2012
FAQ: The HHS Mandate for Contraception/Sterilization Coverage: An Attack on Rights of Conscience - January 20, 2012
Preventative Services Background - January 20, 2012 
The High Costs of "Free" Birth Control
 - July 28, 2011
Conscience Protection Resources

Bishop Robert Lynch:
Letter to the Parishes - 
English / SpanishEnglish PDF / Spanish PDF - February 4, 2012

Blog Postings:
Fortnight for Freedom Mass - June 30, 2012
Fortnight for Freedom - June 18, 2012
Still a Long Way to Tipperary
- May 23, 2012
Religious Liberty - February 27, 2012
A Little More Than a Nod
- February 11, 2012
A Tale of Two Cities - February 2, 2012
An Amazing Announcement - January 26, 2012 

National News:
Health Care -- A Bishop's View - May 29, 2012
Bishops Issue Statement on Religious Liberty
- April 12, 2012
Birth Control Compromise Still Presents Grave Moral Concerns to Catholic Church
- February 16, 2012
Richard Doerflinger on the HHS 'Accomodation"
- February 14, 2012
United We Stand For Religious Freedom
 - February 10, 2012
Religious Liberty Can Still Trump ObamaCare
 - Senator Marco Rubio Introduces new Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 - February 3, 2012
Obama Plays His Catholic Allies for Fools - January 30, 2012
Obama's Breach of Faith over Contraceptive Ruling - January 29, 2012

Local News:
Why Catholic Bishops Are So Concerned - May 27, 2012
Federal Rule Insults Religious Beliefs
 - January 24, 2012
Obamacare Rules Violate Religious Liberty - December 8, 2011

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