Conscience Rights

HHS MANDATE TAKES EFFECT TODAY: Remains a grave concern for Archdiocese of St. Louis

August 1, 2012
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St. Louis — Today, the federal HHS mandate -- which requires employers with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance coverage including contraceptives, sterilization, and abortifacients -- begins taking effect for those who do not qualify for an exemption or other exception. While it is unclear how this unjust federal requirement will play out, it remains a matter of grave concern for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in union with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. We are encouraged by the July 27 federal district court ruling in Colorado, in which a preliminary injunction was granted to a private, for-profit business on grounds of religious liberty. It is our hope that other courts will follow suit. Until we can secure protections for the faithful that do not require them to provide contraceptives, sterilizations, or abortion against their will, we cannot surrender our campaign for conscience rights. We will continue to demand religious liberty and to protect our first, most-cherished freedom.

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