US Bishops Reject Latest HHS Mandate Accommodation

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement yesterday afternoon informing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that the Feb. 1 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking changes to the controversial birth control mandate falls short of addressing the Church’s concerns about the infringement of their conscience rights.

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Bishops Issue Stinging Condemnation of HHS Plan to Mandate Contraceptive Coverage

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement that strongly opposes the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate coverage of surgical sterilization and all FDA-approved birth control in private health insurance plans nationwide.

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Bush Enacts New Rules Protecting Conscience Rights

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Writer

With only a month left in office, the Bush administration has issued new rules designed to reinforce existing protections for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in medical practices that violate their religious or moral convictions.

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