The Obama Administration’s decision to force employers to provide access to contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization at no cost to their employers has prompted 40 lawsuits thus far by Catholic dioceses and other organizations claiming it violates their First Amendment protection of religious liberty.
Although churches themselves are exempt, the mandate applies to religiously affiliated hospitals, colleges, charities, and social services agencies. Cardinal Timothy Dolan recently said the Catholic Church will “not obey” the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate. He characterized President Obama’s policy as “immoral”.
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