Op-Eds Regarding the HHS Mandate

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
August 12, 2017

The HHS contraception mandate is hurting our religious beliefs (by Fr. Frank Pavone and Evangelist Alveda King, The Hill, August 12, 2017)

On May 4, Alveda King stood in the Rose Garden with pro-life President Trump as he took executive action to fulfill his promise to protect the religious freedom of groups like Priests for Life, which we both serve and lead, and which has for five years been fighting the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate all the way up to the Supreme Court.

The battle over the HHS mandate may soon be over, but it never had to start 

by Fr. Frank Pavone

The Washington Examiner, May 28, 2017

Remember the "HHS mandate"?

Here’s What You Can Do To Keep Government From Crushing Religious Charities

by Fr. Frank Pavone

The Federalist, August 11, 2016

The Obama administration has asked the public to find a solution to the almost-five-year legal battle over the Department of Health and Human Services mandate that all people with health insurance pay for abortifacients and abortions.

Abortion Advocates, the Supreme Court, and Reasonableness

by Fr. Frank Pavone

Townhall.com, June 29, 2016

In this term that is now at its end, the Supreme Court dealt with two abortion-related cases, both of which put to the test the willingness of the Court, and of abortion advocates, to be reasonable in this ongoing, contentious national debate.

Bacon, Blood, And Freedom

by Janet Morana

The Daily Caller, June 14, 2016

Imagine if, after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was signed into law, the Department of Health and Human Services decided to add a clause mandating that to receive health insurance, every adult in the United States would have to donate blood.

The HHS mandate challenge: Let’s pray the Obama administration acts in good faith

by Fr. Frank Pavone

FoxNews.com, June 10, 2016

The appellate court decisions that upheld the "contraceptive mandate" of the Department of Health and Human Services have been given the judicial heave ho.  Those rulings, which supported the administration’s attempt to force non-profit religious groups to violate our faith, were vacated by the Supreme Court’s Zubik v. Burwell decision last month – rendering them null and void.

Waiting For Obama On Religious Liberty

by Fr. Frank Pavone

Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2016

The ball is now in the Obama administration’s court. For more than four years, religious nonprofit groups like mine have defended ourselves against the ObamaCare Health and Human Services mandate,

The HHS Mandate Has Brought Together a Diverse Group of Opponents

by Fr. Frank Pavone

National Catholic Register, May 20, 2016

Thanks to Monday's action by the Supreme Court, it is more important than ever to realize that Zubik vs. Burwell, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate on contraception, is a complex mix of seven cases, to be argued, again, in four Courts of Appeals, and involving 37 petitioners.

Justices order Obamacare to respect religious liberty: Column

By Fr. Frank Pavone

USA Today, May 17, 2016

The justices of the Supreme Court have taken an important step that should result in protecting the religious liberty of all Americans. With their new order in the case of Zubik v. Burwell, they have, in effect, ordered the government to come up with an accommodation to the Obamacare Health and Human Services mandate that does not force religious non-profit groups to violate our faith.

The Elections, The Supreme Court, and Priests for Life vs. HHS

By Fr. Frank Pavone

Breitbart.com, May 13, 2016

Perhaps the most appropriate axiom applicable to American courts today is not a legal phrase, but a political one. 

“Personnel is policy.” 

It’s a maxim that gained popularity in the early Eighties and refers to a president’s political appointees. It means that the direction of a president’s administration is largely determined by whom he or she picks to direct various governmental offices. 

A Less Restrictive Means: Priests for Life and others respond to Supreme Court in Zubik vs. Burwell

By Fr. Frank Pavone

FoxNews.com, April 12, 2016

For over four years now, the Obama administration, through its HHS mandate, has been telling non-profit religious groups across the nation that we must participate in the distribution of abortion-causing drugs and devices to our employees.  While it has changed the ways by which we are supposed to take part in this scheme, it has remained unyielding in its demand – take part or else...MORE - Petitioner supplemental brief - Government’s brief  - Court order requesting the brief

Brief in Zubik v. Burwell Finds ObamaCare HHS Mandate ‘Bizarre and Unprecedented’

By Fr. Frank Pavone

Breitbart.com, April 11, 2016

Then-Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) once infamously said of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of the controversy.”..MORE

The failure to pass the RFRA test: a view from inside the Supreme Court

By Fr. Frank Pavone

Washington Times, March 23, 2106

As the first of the 37 plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court today to have filed a lawsuit against the HHS mandate, I have just sat through the oral arguments in Zubik vs. Burwell, which consolidates my Priests for Life vs. HHS case with six others...MORE

Priests for Life vs. HHS at the Supreme Court: Here are the facts

By Fr. Frank Pavone

FoxNews.com, March 22, 2016

Seven consolidated cases, representing 37 distinct petitioners, will be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in the case of Zubik vs. Burwell, which challenges the same mandate which Hobby Lobby successfully challenged, namely, the requirement that insurance policies cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, sterilization and related counseling...MORE

Forum: The Supreme Court and the Passion of Christ

By Fr. Frank Pavone

Zenit, March 22, 2016

Between the two days of the Church’s liturgical year when the account of our Lord’s Passion is the Gospel reading — that is, between Palm Sunday and Good Friday — a Supreme Court case is being heard this year that in a dramatic way replays some of the dynamics of that Passion account...More

Follow the law, or follow your faith: Obama’s outrageous order

By Fr. Frank Pavone

New York Post, March 22, 2016

Long before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — a k a ObamaCare — became law on March 23, 2010, pro-life advocates, myself included, recognized that it could lead to serious moral clashes between faith and law, particularly in the areas of abortion and contraception....MORE

Government-coerced sin by Alveda King

By Dr. Alveda King

World Magazine, March 22, 2016

What if the government told you that you had to commit a sin? I’m not talking about the government making you pay for activities with your taxes that you regard as sinful—that’s bad enough—but actually forcing you to commit an act that your faith tells you God hates and forbids you to do....MORE

What Eagle Feathers Have To Do With The HHS Mandate And Religious Liberty

By Frank Pavone

The Daily Caller, March 21, 2016

In March of last year, the federal government returned eagle feathers to Lipan Apache tribal leader Robert Soto – feathers that undercover agents had seized from him ten years ago.  James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” and a staunch defender of religious liberty, would have smiled....MORE

The Many Faces of Opposition to Obamacare’s HHS Mandate

by Fr. Frank Pavone

Breitbart.com, March 21, 2106

The people suing the Obama administration over its HHS mandate are all Catholic priests and nuns, right?


Reaching Souls International is a non-denominational Christian group that, among its missionary programs in countries such as Kenya, Uganda, India, and Cuba, comes to the aid of African children left orphaned by civil war, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Its work is based on the biblical definition of “religion that is pure and undefiled before God” – that is, “to visit orphans and widows in their affliction.”...MORE

The Upcoming Court Battle Over the HHS Mandate

By Fr. Frank Pavone

Crisis Magazine, March 14, 2016

In what way can simply signing a document be a burden on you or your freedom? Obviously, the answer to that question depends on the document that you’re asked to sign.  If you’re a celebrity and a fan hands you a scrap of paper for an autograph, your burden consists of a few seconds of your time—and in fact, it’s probably a joy for you... MORE

Are Some Priests More Catholic Than Others? The Government Seems to Think So

By Fr. Frank Pavone

National Catholic Register, March 3, 2016

My classmates and I at St. Joseph’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of New York took the same classes – Sacred Scripture, Sacraments, homiletics and many others – and we were ordained together in November 1988 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Cardinal John J. O’Connor. We all looked forward to our first parish assignments as brand new priests...MORE

Why Obamacare’s contraception mandate hurts minority religions

By Fr. Frank Pavone

Religion News Service, February 19, 2016

If the now eight-member Supreme Court sticks to its schedule and hears oral arguments on March 23 in the lawsuit that Priests for Life (and six other consolidated cases) have brought against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, media reports may lead you to believe that only devout Catholics and evangelicals are involved in a matter that concerns health insurance and contraception...MORE

Priests for Life Challenges Obama Admin’s Conscience Violating HHS Mandate in Supreme Court

By Fr. Frank Pavone

CNSNews.com, February 17, 2016

Imagine that a pastor is preaching to his congregation on a Sunday morning, giving an impassioned sermon on the meaning of a Bible passage.  Suddenly, the doors at the back of the church burst open.  A federal bureaucrat runs down the aisle and shouts, “Stop preaching!  You’ve got it all wrong!  That’s not what your religion teaches!”...MORE

Obamacare Mandate Does Not Supersede God's Law

By Evangelist Alved King

NewsMax, November 18, 2015

As director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and a post abortive mother who has experienced the pain and harm of contraceptive agents such as shots, pills, and devices, I join several women employees of Priests for Life in standing against any implied or otherwise open participation with any aspect of the HHS mandate...MORE

HHS Mandates Violate Women's Rights, Religious Freedom, Civil Rights  

By Evangelist Alveda King 

Charisma News, November 18, 2015

As Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and a post-abortive mother who has experienced the pain and harm of contraceptive agents such as shots, pills and devices, I join several female employees of Priests for Life in standing against any implied or otherwise open participation with any aspect of the HHS Mandate. I stand with Priests for Life, which includes Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life; and myself....MORE

Priests for Life vs. ObamaCare: Courts should judge laws, not religious beliefs

By Fr. Frank Pavone

FoxNews.com, November 18, 2015

On Wednesday, November 18, Priests for Life  -- the largest pro-life ministry in the Catholic Church -- is holding a press conference at the National Press Club regarding the case Priests for Life vs. HHS, which the Supreme Court has accepted along with six other similar cases (Little Sisters of the Poor, Archdiocese of Washington, Diocese of Pittsburgh, E. Texas Baptist University, Southern Nazarene University, and Geneva College)....MORE

Is The High Court Poised To Accept Religious Freedom Case?

By Fr. Frank Pavone

Breitbart.com, September  28, 2015

Throughout his visit to the United States, Pope Francis repeated the theme of religious freedom, which he realizes is under severe attack worldwide, and in the country where it should be the safest — the land of the free and the home of the brave...MORE

Priests for Life Vow to Appeal Mandate Decision to U.S. Supreme Court

By Fr. Frank Pavone

aleteia.org, November 22, 2014

On Friday, November 14, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled against Priests for Life’s challenge to the HHS mandate in the case Priests for Life et al. vs. US Dept. of HHS et al....MORE

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