International Catholic Organization to File Lawsuit against Obama Administration for Conscience Violation Regarding Forced Coverage of Abortion and Contraception

Date: February 8, 2012

Contact: Jerry Horn

Staten Island, NY – Priests for Life, a New York based international pro-life organization of Catholic clergy and laity, today announced that it will be filing a lawsuit against the Obama Administration in an effort to seek injunctive relief from impending regulations that would require the organization to pay for employee health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization.

The Obama Administration’s rules – recently brought forth by a decree from the Department of Health and Human Services – are part of the controversial “ObamaCare” health insurance law (the so-called “Affordable Care Act”) that was passed by Congress in 2010 amidst endless ambiguities, confusion, and false assurances by President Obama himself that it would never be used to violate any organization’s or individual’s conscience on moral issues.

Now that the new HHS rules have been formally issued, however, Americans of all faiths are stunned that the Obama Administration is going to require employers to provide health insurance coverage for certain acts that go directly against their consciences or religious beliefs.

The lawsuit will seek injunctive relief from the HHS rules – first on behalf of Priests for Life, and hopefully extending universally since all organizations and companies will be affected by the tyrannical HHS decree. Priests for Life is particularly well placed to pursue this litigation because its primary purposes are to promote and protect life whereas the primary purposes of the contraceptive mandate are to prevent and destroy life.

According to Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, “It’s unthinkable that President Obama would force Americans of any faith to violate their consciences. Yet here he is, arrogantly imposing these regulations that clearly discriminate against Catholics and all Christians, as well as people of any faith who believe in the sanctity of innocent human life. This has clearly become a human rights case – and is no longer just a partisan political football.”

Priests for Life has retained noted civil rights attorney Charles LiMandri of San Diego to represent them in their lawsuit against Obama. LiMandri achieved national distinction by saving the famous “Mt. Soledad Cross” – a historic war memorial that had been erected on public property many decades ago, which local atheists sought to have torn down. He has also fought for the rights of San Diego firefighters who were forced to participate in a vulgar “gay pride” parade against their will or else face termination. He was also the General Counsel for the National Organization for Marriage–California during the successful Proposition 8 Campaign to save traditional marriage.

LiMandri remarks, “This is the first time in history any administration has used brute force to compel someone to violate his conscience or moral convictions. It’s unheard of. It’s also antithetical to the core American principles of religious liberty and freedom from invasions of privacy. We intend to fight the ill-conceived HHS edict and challenge it on constitutional grounds. This case could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And we’ll be happy to take it there if need be.”

Priests for Life is the largest Catholic pro-life organization in the United States. It is a private association of the faithful and an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation. Under the Obama Administration’s new HHS rules, it is treated like any other corporation and therefore must comply with these conscience-violating mandates, decrees, and punitive measures.

Priests for Life applauds the members of Congress who have introduced legislation to address the HHS policy, and will also support the efforts of the Church, and many other groups, to pass such legislation.

Further details of the lawsuit will be forthcoming.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

7 Responses to “International Catholic Organization to File Lawsuit against Obama Administration for Conscience Violation Regarding Forced Coverage of Abortion and Contraception”

  1. DANA LONDON says:


  2. for abortion says:

    I cannot believe how far the liberals will push things. My goodness, can’t the govt stay out of the church for once?

  3. Karen Pena says:

    Grateful for your efforts. We must stand strong on this and I cannot follow how we allowed such a provision to be passed in the first place. As our local pastor stated last weekend, it is time for Catholics to get HOT and not be the leukwarm Catholics of the past. Why are we not ralling – all churches on the same day to express our convictions and dismay with government. I find the so-called compromise a rouse and totally unacceptable. Before we know it, the government will mandate the church to provide same-sex marriages or they will loose their non-profit status. This is so scary.

  4. Thank you for acting on this atrocious mandate. We the people have sat back too long waiting on Congress to do it’s job. I certainly support what you are doing.

  5. Donna Lee says:

    I read on the website “” that Muslims, Indians, and the Amish will be exempt from Obamacare due to their religious beliefs. But the Catholics will get a mandate, against their beliefs. They can’t have it both ways.

  6. Paul Egli says:

    Everybody dies. Many live long and fruitful lives, ending the earthbound sojourn with the peaceful folding of time-worn hands upon the chest. Others die young, robbed of life by disease, war, or accident. Vast multitudes die still younger – alone and dehumanized – before they have a chance. It happens: 90 times a minute; 130,000 times a day; 4,000,000 times a month; 47,000,000 times a year.
    They get no sympathy. No one holds their hands, prays for them, or even says, “Goodbye.” There are no obituaries, no caskets, no eulogies, no flowers.

    Methods vary, but all of them are brutal. Those with smaller bodies are sliced apart and vacuumed up with blade-edged suction tubes. Those who are a bit too big for tubes are cut into pieces and scraped away with curved steel knives.
    Once they’ve grown too large to cut, they must be torn apart. A pliers-like tool is used to grab each limb, one by one, and twist until it breaks away and blood flows from the stump. The spine is snapped. The skull is crushed. The torso is extracted.
    If too large for dismemberment, they are often killed by saline. Forced to swallow caustic salts, they convulse and hemorrhage, for up to an hour or more, until they die. Those who have lived six months or more are drenched with chemicals or extracted by hysterotomy.
    For two decades, it was legal to deliver them live, feet first, until all but the head had emerged from the birth canal. Medical scissors were used to puncture the base of the skull and open a hole. A vacuum tube was inserted to suck out the brain of the living victim. Eventually, the United States Congress decided that this method went too far. Five of nine Supreme Court Justices agreed.
    The physiological mechanisms for pain reception are in place as early as six weeks from conception. According to extensive congressional testimony from numerous anesthesiologists, pain is fully felt at twenty weeks, and the mother’s anesthesia does not provide relief.

    – from the novel “Shaken from Within: The Brighton County Chronicles”

  7. The government is currently embarking on a massive crackdown on the Church in the form of abuse show trials, legal obstacles, and litigation that will be intended to dismantle the visible and institutional structure of the Church

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