Religious charities and birth control

Religious charities and birth control

On March 9, 2015, the US Supreme Court told the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Chicago) to review its ruling denying the University of Notre…

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New contraceptives mandate "accommodations" announced

New contraceptives mandate “accommodations” announced

On Friday, August 22, 2014, the federal government proposed an alternative accommodation method for religious nonprofits that object to including coverage of some or all…

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Hobby Lobby's victory leads to congressional attack on RFRA

Hobby Lobby’s victory leads to congressional attack on RFRA

On June 30, the US Supreme Court, in a 5-4¬†decision, ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, two family-owned companies that had asked,…

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After Hobby Lobby: Wheaton College gains Supreme Court protection

After Hobby Lobby: Wheaton College gains Supreme Court protection

Within just a few days of its Hobby Lobby ruling, the US Supreme Court gave temporary protection against the contraceptives mandate to Wheaton College, an…

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Supreme Court:  business isn't a religion-free zone

Supreme Court: business isn’t a religion-free zone

“The US Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision upholds a vital principle, according to IRFA President Stanley Carlson-Thies: ¬†“[T]he decision importantly vindicates business as a realm…

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HHS contraceptives mandate: wholesale victory for Catholic employers

HHS contraceptives mandate: wholesale victory for Catholic employers

A significant number of Catholic (as well as Protestant) businesses and religious nonprofit organizations have sued the federal government to get relief from the mandate…

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Are faith-based organizations due religious freedom?

Are faith-based organizations due religious freedom?

The federal government has created a three-tier religious freedom system as part of the HHS contraceptives mandate. Churches are fully religious and exempt. Businesses are…

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HHS contraceptives mandate lawsuits

HHS contraceptives mandate lawsuits

This dispute is far from over. New lawsuits continue to be filed, and courts continue to rule, albeit slowly–and the very strong trend of vindicating…

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Catholic health insurance avoids contraceptives mandate

Catholic health insurance avoids contraceptives mandate

The HHS contraceptives mandate requires all employer health plans (unless they have retained their grandfathered status) to cover all FDA-approved contraceptive services, including IUDs and…

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Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court

On March 25, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods challenges to the HHS contraceptives mandate. The Christian…

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