Cast as a response to the Supreme Court’s narrow decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, S. 2578 actually ranges far beyond that decision, potentially attacking all federal laws protecting conscience rights. Its passage would mark the first time in history that Congress has acted specifically to reduce Americans’ religious freedom. Learn more from the S.2578 Backgrounder! - July 15, 2014
Some are concerned that the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act may be overly expansive. Find out why the Act simply preserves the freedom of conscience that existed prior to the mandate. - March 20, 2012
"White House Misrepresents Its Own Contraceptive Mandate" The Obama administration, to justify its widely-criticized mandate for contraception and sterilization coverage in private health plans, posted a set of false and misleading claims on the White House blog ("Health Reform, Preventive Services, and Religious Institutions," February 1). This USCCB fact sheet quotes and responds to each claim in turn. - February 2, 2012
Cardinal O'Malley Urges Support for Health Care Conscience Rights Act - March 8, 2013 "A failure to provide clear and enforceable protection for a right of conscience could undermine Americans' access to quality health care. Providers of health care, as well as those who offer or purchase insurance, should not face an unacceptable choice between preserving their religious and moral integrity or participating in our health care system." Read the full letter.
Archbishop Lori Urges Congress to Include Conscience Provisions in Funding Bills - February 15, 2013
"The new approach [found in the new notice of proposed rulemaking] even threatens to undermine access to quality health care, by telling providers as well as those who offer or purchase insurance that they need to drop their participation in the health care system if they want to preserve their religious and moral integrity." Read more.