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EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued an order Thursday vacating a 2014 district-court decision against the Eternal Word Television Network in its lawsuit against the so-called contraceptive mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The order follows a settlement between the network and the Department of Justice reached Oct. 5.
Under the terms of the settlement, EWTN will not be required to provide contraception, sterilization or abortifacients through its employee health-care plan.
“This moment has been a long time coming,” said EWTN Chairman and…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/ewtn-wins-lawsuit-over-hhs-contraception-mandate


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Court Rejects Obama Admin’s Attempt to Force Pro-Life Legislator to Obey HHS Mandate

A Missouri state legislator filed suit in U.S. District Court seeking to exempt his family from the federal contraceptive and abortion drug mandate. State Representative Paul Wieland of Imperial is the plaintiff in the suit, which contends that the health care mandate violates his family’s First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. …

http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/14/court-rejects-obama-admins-attempt-to-force-pro-life-legislator-to-obey-hhs-mandate/


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US Bishops File Brief to Support Little Sisters of the Poor at Supreme Court

The General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed a brief amicus curiae, January 8, in the Zubik v. Burwell case now before the U.S. Supreme Court on the question of the contraceptive mandate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The brief argues that the government mandate that faith-based organizations facilitate payments for contraceptives and sterilization for their employees damages not only religious freedom, but society as a whole. …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/us-bishops-file-brief-to-support-little-sisters-of-the-poor-at-supreme-court


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HHS Mandate and Priests For Life

Over the next eight months the Supreme Court will be reviewing our Priests for Life case against the HHS Mandate. Six other cases (including two dioceses and the Little Sisters of the Poor) have been consolidated with ours by the Court, and a decision is expected by the end of June. 

We are urging all believers to pray for victory, and a reversal of the HHS Mandate. 

A prayer and prayer cards are available at PrayerCampaign.org.

We are also launching a prayer campaign to prepare for the Elections of 2016, to educate and mobilize voters, and to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public!

We are urging all believers to take part in praying an Election Prayer for Life between now and Election Day.

The prayer asks that God’s people will be active in the electoral process and be guided in their decisions by their commitment to Christ.  This is precisely what our bishops have called for in their documents, Living the Gospel of Life and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

A prayer and prayer cards are available at PrayerCampaign.org.

Blessings,

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Remember to support our work at Priestsforlife.org/donate


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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Nuns’ Case Against Contraception Mandate

United States of America, November 06, 2015

The US Supreme Court today announced that it will hear cases brought against the government’s Health and Human Services Mandate, which requires contraception, abortifacients and sterilization be included in health insurance plans. …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/supreme-court-agrees-to-hear-nuns-case-against-contraception-mandate?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_content=%5BZE151106%5D%20The%20world%20seen%20from%20Rome&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch&utm_term=Image


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The Pope Will Never Change the Definition of Marriage


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Federal Court Forces University of Notre Dame to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

A federal appeals court has denied a request by the University of Notre Dame to get out of having to comply with the pro-abortion HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare and requires businesses and church groups to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. …

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/20/federal-court-forces-university-of-notre-dame-to-obey-pro-abortion-hhs-mandate/