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Conscience Protection

"This mandate gravely compromises religious liberty"

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo has said the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate requiring employers to provide insured coverage of contraception and sterilization gravely compromises religious liberty.

"The contraceptive/sterilization mandate imposed on health plans by H.H.S. violates religious freedom, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment and several federal laws. Forcing all employers to buy coverage for sterilization and contraceptives is a radical incursion into religious liberty and freedom of conscience," he said in a statement Jan. 20, the same day of the HHS announcement.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has sharply criticized this mandate as a violation of the fundamental freedom of religion.

(Photo by Catholic News Service)

Cardinal DiNardo and the U.S. Bishops have called us to get informed, pray and advocate for religious liberty.

Click on the links on the left to learn about why the Catholic Church is concerned about this mandate, Cardinal DiNardo's statements, how you can help, and more!