“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights.”
– President of the USCCB, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan
On January 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reaffirmed a rule that virtually all private health care plans must cover sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception.
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. Ironically, not even Jesus and his disciples would have qualified, because of their commitment to serve others.
USCCB president Cardinal-designate Archbishop Timothy Dolan addresses HHS mandate
The bishops of Minnesota in solidarity with their brother bishops throughout the country call on Congress and the Administration to support legislation that provides appropriate conscience rights and protects the First Amendment rights of citizens and Catholic institutions.