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Talking Points on the HHS Mandate

On this page you will find statements and talking points from pro-life groups and political and religious leaders about the HHS mandate.

Audio: Rob Muise of American Freedom Law Center Comments on our Case


Pro-Life leaders stand with Priests for Life at the May 8, 2014 Priests for Life rally

Video: Priests for Life attorney, Robert Muise, explains the status of our lawsuit (March 27, 2014)


Faith and Freedom First Coalition (February 15)

NRLC Urges Senate to Adopt Blunt Amendment to Protect Conscience Rights (February 14)

Statement from National Right to Life Committee: Obama paves way for abortion mandate (February 10)

FRC Action: Legislation Protecting Conscience is Needed for the Obamacare Contraceptive Coverage Mandate  

Don't Be Deceived! Evil Obama Policy Now Even MORE Evil! (February 10)  (Jimmy Akin, National Catholic Register)

Talking points regarding the HHS Mandate and our response


Mandate Minute Videos

Rally for Religious Freedom talking points

December 1, 2014: Why We Will Disobey

September 22, 2014 : Priests for Life Case Against HHS Mandate Moves Forward

July 14, 2014: After Hobby Lobby Comes Priests for Life -- Why We Are Confident

March 24, 2014 : Just a Pinch of Incense

December 2013: Four reasons why the revised HHS mandate is still oppressive

April 22, 2013 : Court to Priests for Life: "You have to wait"

April 10, 2013 : Priests for Life Lawsuit in Court Tomorrow

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

July 30, 2012: What Kind of Religious Freedom Do We Want?

July 8, 2012: Religious Freedom and Voter Guides

May 7, 2012 : The Nine Lawsuits for Religious Freedom – A Brief Rundown of the Arguments

April 23, 2012 : The Mandate will be Defeated

March 27, 2012: Too much–or too little–Catholic influence in politics?

March 26, 2012 : An American Takeover of America

February 27, 2012: No Compromise: The Mandate Has to Go, Period

February 13, 2012: Obama Tampering with Conscience


Political Leaders stand with Priests for Life at the May 8, 2014 Priests for Life Rally

U.S. Bishops Issue ‘Special Message’ on HHS Mandate at Conclusion of General Assembly (November 13,2013)

Archbishop Lori of Baltimore Statement in Support of Litigants Challenging the HHS Mandate (April 8, 2013)

Catholic bishop thanks people who filed contraception lawsuits (April 8, 2013)

Rosary Reflection – Mass for Life and Liberty (October
14, 2012) Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore

Marian Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty (October 14, 2012) Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore

Address on Religious Liberty (September 9, 2012) Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore

Knights of Columbus Convention: Closing Comments (August 9, 2012) Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore

Life and Freedom: Address to Pro-Life Leaders (August 6, 2012) Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore

Closing homily at the Fortnight for Freedom (July 4, 2012) Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia  

Religious Liberty is not Optional (June 21, 2012) Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore

USCCB Bulletin Inset on HHS Mandate (June 2012) (pdf)

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

Cardinal Dolan: The Fight for Religious Freedom (May 23, 2012)

Archdiocese of Washington Statement on Sebelius speaking at Georgetown University (May 15, 2012)

Our First, Most Cherished Liberty (USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty) - April 2012

Cardinal Dolan's Letter to the NYC Rally (March 23, 2012)

Congressman Smith: New Obamacare Regulation Violates Hyde Amendment (March 21, 2012)

US Bishops Administrative Committee: United for Religious Freedom (March 14, 2012)

Cardinal Dolan Update (March 2, 2012)

Senator Blunt’s Statement On Vote To Protect Americans’ Religious Freedom (March 1, 2012)

What are you going to give up this Lent? (February 26, 2012) Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I. , Archbishop of Chicago

February 22, 2012 Statement: Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop William E. Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport, Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty [Spanish]

Bishops Rodi and Baker of Alabama (February 22, 2012)

Letter to President Obama (February 15, 2012) Bishop David D. Kagan, Bishop of Bismarck

Just a minute, Mr. President! (February 11, 2012)
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles

Comments from Archbishop Charles Chaput (February 10, 2012)

Bishop Pates, Bishop of Des Moines responds to HHS revision (February 10, 2012)

US Bishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty (February 10, 2012)

Press Release from Congressman Chris Smith: No Change (February 10, 2012)

Senator Blunt's Response to HHS Mandate (February 10, 2012)

HHS mandate threatens religious freedom (February 10, 2012) Bishop John Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City

Letter from Letter from Bishop Blase J. Cupich (February 7, 2015)

Statement from Bishop William Murphy, Bishop of Rockville Centre (February 10, 2012)

Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami responds to HHS 'compromise' (February 10, 2012)

Letter from Bishop Roger P. Morin, D.D., Bishop of Biloxi (February 8, 2012)

A letter from Bishop Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D., S.S.L., Bishop o Erie (February 8, 2012)

Letter from Bishop Blase J. Cupich, Bishop of Spokane (February 7, 2012)

Statement from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain,  Archbishop of Seattle and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle (February 7, 2012)

A Bold Attack on Conscience and Religious Liberty (February 5, 2012) Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, S.T.L., D.D., Archbishop of Oklahoma City

Statement from Bishop Robert Lynch, St. Petersburg (February 4, 2012)

HHS Rule – Educate and Take Action (February 3, 2012)
Richard Edmund Pates, Bishop of Des Moines

Statement from Bishop John Kinney, Bishop of St. Cloud (February 3, 2012)

Response from Bishop Richard F. Stika, Bishop of Knoxville (February 2, 2012)

Statement from Bishop Daniel E. Flores, Bishop of Brownsville (February 2, 2012) 

Statement from Bishop Thomas Tobin, Bishop of Providence (February 2, 2012)

Statement from Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, Bishop of San Jose (February 1, 2012)

Statement from Archbishop Henry Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford (February 1, 2012)

HHS decision stifles religious freedom Bishop Gerald Barnes, Bishop of San Bernardino (February 1, 2012)

Letter to the Faithful Regarding Religious Liberty and HHS Regulations Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville (February 1, 2012)

The HHS Mandate for Contraception/Sterilization Coverage: An Attack on Rights of Conscience Bishop John Quinn, Bishop of Winona (February 1, 2012)

Bishop Foys,  Bishop of Covington, decries mandatory contraceptive coverage in health insurance ruling (February 1, 2012)

Statement on Conscience Protection in Health Care and Religious Liberty Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston (February 1, 2012)

Message from Bishop Wall, Bishop of Gallup (February 1, 2012)

Bishop seeks efforts to overturn HHS ruling on health insurance coverage Bishop Terry R. LaValley, Bishop of Ogdensburg (February 1, 2012)

Obama Administration: Catholic Conscience Not to be Tolerated Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D, Bishop of Paterson (February 1, 2012)

Statement from Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of Greensburg (February 1, 2012)

Decision unchanged on HHS exemptions Bishop David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh (February 1, 2012)

Statement from Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop of Stockton (February 1, 2012)

Statement from Bishop Frank Dewane, Bishop of Venice, FL (January 31, 2012)

New HHS ruling violates our First Amendment rights Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield (January 29, 2012)

The Jesus mandate vs. Obama’s mandate Bishop William E. Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport (January 27, 2012)

U.S. government is redefining 'freedom of religion' Bishop Anthony Taylor, Bishop of Little Rock (January 28, 2012)

A time for Catholic action and Catholic voices (January 27) Archbishop José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

Joint statement of Bishops Vann, Farrell, Deshotel, and Seitz (January 27)
Bishops of Dallas and Fort Worth

Statement from Bishop Michael Driscoll, Bishop of Boise (January 27) 

Bishop Libasci, Bishop of Manchester joins NH Catholic Institutions in Denouncing Obama Administration Mandate (January 26, 2012)

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, Bishop of Lincoln (January 26, 2012)

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Burlington (January 26, 2012)

Statement from Bishop Gerald Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach (January 26) 

Statement from Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services (January 26)

“The Bell is Tolling" (January 25, 2012)
Bishop James D. Conley, S.T.L., Apostolic Administrator, Archdiocese of Denver

An Amazing Announcement (January 20, 2012) Bishop Robert Lynch , Bishop of St. Petersburg 

U.S. Bishops Vow to Fight HHS Edict (January 20, 2012)

Background: The New Federal Mandate for Contraception/Sterilization Coverage (January 20, 2012)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 

The HHS Mandate for Contraception/Sterilization Coverage: An Attack on Rights of Conscience (January 20) United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)  

Louisiana bishops vigorously oppose new DHHS mandates on insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization (September 30, 2011)

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