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Documents and News Related to the Priests for Life Lawsuit Against the HHS Mandate

On this page you will find an archive of legal documents, news stories, press releases and more about our lawsuit. 

Priests for Life Lawsuit Timeline (pdf)

Overview of the Priests for Life Lawsuit (pdf)


November 14, 2014
US Court of Appeal Rules Against Priests for Life in Challenge to HHS Mandate.

Read the full text of the Court's decision (pdf)

Help Priests for Life take our case to the Supreme Court 

September 16, 2014
Brief filed with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, updating them about how we believe recent developments strengthen our case.

June 30, 2014:
Documents submitted to the DC Circuit Court of
appeals in light of the Hobby Lobby decision.

     To the DC Circuit Court of Appeals re: Hobby Lobby (pdf)

     To the DC Circuit Court of Appeals re: EWTN (pdf)

April 11, 2014:
Brief filed for oral arguments scheduled for May 8 in the United States Court of Appeals

February 28, 2014:
Opening brief filed in the DC Circuit by the Priests for Life Attorneys

Reply of Priests for Life to government’s objection to our Appeal to Supreme Court

January 23, 2014:
Petition for Writ of Certiorari

December 31, 2013:
Priests for Life wins temporary injunction against mandate

Order Granting Injuction
Priests for Life Press Release
American Freedom Law Center Press Release
Fr. Frank's Video about the decision

December 19:
Press Release:
Fr. Pavone: ‘We will not obey this mandate’
Order from the Judge
Memorandum Opinion
Fr. Frank on Fox talking about the December 9 Court Proceedings

December 2013:
Notice of Supplemental Authority, Archdiocese of New York.
Plaintiff's Supplemental Memorandum

October 2013:
Priests for Life replies to Obama Administration’s Motion to Dismiss Case
Robert J. Muise Declaration
Declaration of Priests for Life
Plaintiff's Reply
Plaintiff Response to Defendant Statement

October 2013:
Priests for Life Case Against HHS Mandate
Moves Forward

Motion for summary judgment
Robert J. Muise Declaration

Plaintiffs' Motion for Judgment
Plaintiff's Statement of Material Facts

October 2013:
The government requested to delay the case
during the government "slowdown" and the request was denied by the judge

Press Release - Order Denying Stay

September 2013:
Priests for Life Asks D.C. Federal Court to
Halt Enforcement of Obamacare "Contraception Mandate"

Related Documents:

Preliminary Injuction
Fr. Frank Pavone Declaration
Janet Morana Declaration
Alveda King Declaration

August 2013:
Priests for Life vs. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The original text of Priests for Life v. Dept. of Health and Human Services (the original)


June 30: 2014:

The US Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Hobby Lobby

El Padre Victor Salomon de Sacerdotes por la Vida y Astrid Bennett Gutierrez de Hispanos Pro Vida aplauden la decision Hobby Lobby

May 5, 2014: Josh Duggar stands with Priests for Life

April 23, 2014: Kansas Congressman and President of National Right to Life to speak at #IStandWithPFL Rally

April 15, 2014: #IStandWithPFL Rally planned for May 8

January 27, 2014: Priests for Life asks Supreme Court to hear Obamacare challenge

January 27, 2014: Priests for Life’s Challenge to the Obamacare "Contraception Mandate" Heads to U.S. Supreme Court

December 10, 2013: Priests for Life Expecting Decision on Challenge to Mandate

October 23, 2013: ACLU Asks Federal Court to File "Friend of the Court" Brief in Support of Obama Administration’s Contraception Mandate (American Freedom Law Center Press Release)

August 19, 2013: Federal Lawsuit Challenges New Obamacare Regulations Requiring Religious Organizations to Comply with Contraception Mandate (American Freedom Law Center) 

April 15, 2013: Court to Priests for Life: "You have to wait"
Judge dismisses case for now, but protects Priests for Life from HHS Mandate; Priests for Life to re-file.

February 1, 2013: Fr. Pavone: Only acceptable change to HHS mandate is to rescind it

January 7, 2013: Priests for Life Initial Victory Over HHS Mandate! 

May 2, 2012: Priests for Life Responds to Obama’s Desperate Attempt to "Dismiss" Lawsuit Against ObamaCare

February 29, 2012: Letter from Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization

February 15, 2012: American Freedom Law Center Challenges Obama’s "Contraception" Mandate in New York Federal Court

February 9, 2012: International Catholic Organization to File Lawsuit against Obama Administration for Conscience Violation Regarding Forced Coverage of Abortion and Contraception

February 9, 2012: Comments from Fr. Frank on Priests for Life Federal Lawsuit Against Obama Administration


Priests for Life group to defy court’s birth control ruling (Washington Times, November 16, 2014)

Pro-life Catholic priests do battle with Obamacare in court: 'This is a threat to ALL religious freedom' (, November 17, 2014)

Ruling in Priests for Life HHS Suit 'Wrong'; Group Won't 'obey' Mandate (Catholic News Service, November 14, 2014)

Court Rejects CUA, Priests for Life’s Challenge to Contraception Mandate Rules (Catholic News Agency, November 17, 2014)

Pro-Life Group: "We Will Not Obey the Obamacare HHS Mandate, Not Today, Not Ever" (, November 17, 2014)

Priests for Life to defy court order requiring it to comply with HHS mandate (, November 17, 2014)

Fr. Frank's Column: After Hobby Lobby Comes Priests for Life -- Why We Are Confident

RUSE & WEBER: An ‘accommodation’ for Mother Angelica that really isn’t (Washington Times, July 24, 2014)

A Battle of Biblical Proportions

Fr. Pavone to pray and speak at Supreme Court on Tuesday (March 24, 2014)

August 19, 2013: Priests for Life is back in court to fight for religious freedom

Priests for Life Lawsuit in Court tomorrow (April 11, 2013)

Four reasons why the revised HHS mandate is still oppressive

We Must Obey God Rather Than Men: Fr Frank Pavone In Federal Court over Obamacare's Unjust Mandate - Deacon Keith Fournier (April 11, 2013)

Court to Priests for Life: "You Have to Wait" (April 15, 2013)

National Right to Life Statement on Obama Administration Proposal for Revisions in Preventive Services Mandate: "Changes in packaging in an attempt to conceal continuity in substance" (February 1, 2013)

Obama admin. easing contraception mandate in health law

‘Phony compromise’: conservative, pro-life leaders slam HHS mandate revisions as ‘unacceptable’

February 1, 2013: New HHS Mandate Rules Force Hobby Lobby, Any Religious Biz to Comply

Priests for Life Secure Religious Freedom Exemption from Obamacare (Catholic Online, January 8, 2013)

Pro-Life Group Wins Battle to Stop HHS Mandate’s Fines (Lifenews, January 7, 2013)

Priests for Life Secures Religious Freedom Exemption (The Moral Liberal, January, 2013)

Cardinal Dolan praises court's refusal to dismiss suit against contraception mandate (December 13, 2012)

What the Recent HHS Mandate Decisions Mean by Fr. Frank Pavone (December 11, 2012)

Pro-Life Group Announces It Will Defy Contraception Mandate (August 3, 2012)

The Mandate is In Effect: Stand With Us! (August, 1, 2012)

Priests for Life and Fr. Pavone delcare "Beginning of the End" of the HHS Mandate (July 30, 2012)

Father Pavone hails House vote to repeal Affordable Care Act (July 11, 2012)

Our government pays ne heed to the Constitution (June 28, 2012)

Bishop Slattery's speech from the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally (June 11, 2012)

Father Pavone hails news of 12 new lawsuits filed against HHS mandate (May 21, 2012)

Fr. Pavone: Sebelius leading assault on religious freedom (May 18, 2012)

Fr. Pavone welcomes news of latest lawsuit against HHS mandate (May 8, 2012)

Obama Admin Lawyers Seek to Dismiss HHS Mandate Lawsuit (April 26, 2012)

Obama lawyers try desperately to "dismiss" lawsuit (April 25, 2012)

The Nine Lawsuits for Religious Freedom (April 23, 2012)

The Mandate will be Defeated (March 26, 2012)

Show support for the First Amendment at Rally for Religious Freedom (March 22, 2012)

Religious freedom rallies planned in over 120 locations

Winning the Abortion Mandate (National Catholic Register)

Hear Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Obamacare

Rally for Religious Freedom set for Friday on Wall Street (March 19, 2012)

Priests for Life Announces Ongoing Novena re HHS Mandate  (March 9, 2012)

U.S. Citizens Sign On To "Amicus Brief" In Support of Lawsuit Against ObamaCare (February 28)

Lawsuit Against ObamaCare and HHS Mandate Filed in Federal Court on Behalf of All U.S. Employers (February 15) 

Fr. Frank Pavone: Obama Tampering with Conscience (January 30)  (Obama Manipulando la Consciencia) [Listen to audio]

Fr. Frank Pavone: Why we’re suing over the HHS birth control mandate (February 9)

Fr. Pavone rejects White House compromise on contraception (February 10)

Fr. Frank Pavone: No Compromise: The Mandate Has to Go, Period (February 13) [Listen to audio]

Video: Priests for Life Responds to Hobby Lobby Case

Audio: Oral Arguments for Priests for Life Lawsuit (US Court of Appeals, May 8, 2014)

Religious freedom rally at Supreme Court, (March 25, 2014)

December 28, 2013: Fr. Frank on the Mike Huckabee show talking about the mandate

August 20, 2013: Religious freedom webcast with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Senator Rick Santorum

Fox News interview with one of the Lawyers for Priests for  Life (April 12, 2013)

Video: Pro-Life Straight Talk 4: The Obama Administration is At It Again... (March 15, 2013)

Video: Fr. Frank on CBN News (February 10, 2013)

Video: Does Secretary Sebelius Know Anything About the U.S. Constitution?

Fr. Frank speaks at San Francisco religious freedom rally (October 20) - Audio - Video

Fr. Frank speaks at Washington, DC religious freedom rally (September 30)

Video: Fr. Frank reads memo issued to the Priests for Life staff (August 1)

Audio:  Fr. Frank and Alveda King on Break Point: PFL will disobey the HHS Mandate

Video: Fr. Frank on FRC Webcast

Video: Reading of Fr. Frank's letter at March 23 Rally

Video: Janet Morana's talk at the March 23 Rally

March 23 NYC Rally on Fox News

March 23 NYC Rally for Religious Freedom photos

Fr. Frank talks about the lawsuit on Sean Hannity Radio Show

Fr. Frank Pavone: Obama Lawsuit (February 9)

Faith in America: Where do we stand today? (Fr Frank on the Sean Hannity Show, February 10)

Fr. Frank Pavone: HHS Mandate Update (February 13)

February 15, 2012: Webcast with Congressman Smith and other pro-life leaders

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