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Beyond Little Sisters: The Argument Against Signing the Contraception Mandate Exemption Form

In short, religious-affiliated non-profit organizations like Geneva College requested and received a mechanism to opt-out of a mandate in the name of religious freedom, but are now claiming that using said mechanism also violates their religious freedom.

Little Sisters has been getting a lot of attention as an example of how conservatives’ battle against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate looks more like culture-war ritual than a good-faith effort to productively resolve the conflict between church and state. But there are many other, more typical cases.

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It’s Not a Sin to Use Birth Control—It’s a Sin to Impede Access to Birth Control

State laws in Arizona, Kansas, Ohio, and elsewhere that would enshrine discrimination in the name of "religious liberty" have faced political setbacks, but a legal victory isn't certain yet.

It is precisely because life is sacred that I support the intentional—indeed moral—use of contraceptive methods by all who are not planning pregnancies.

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Catholic Groups Trying to Eliminate Coverage of Contraception No Matter Who Pays

Lawsuits by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood challenge the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act, which says that certain preventive health-care services like contraception must be covered without copay or cost sharing.

The latest court challenges to the birth control benefit show how much the fight against the contraception mandate is really about the Christian right trying to establish an employer’s “right” to control your private sex life.

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New York Catholic Groups Win Injunction Against Contraception Mandate

A federal judge on Monday ruled the Obama administration's accommodation for religiously-affiliated employers did not go far enough in protecting religious liberties.

A federal judge ruled Monday the Obama administration’s accommodation for religiously-affiliated employers did not go far enough in protecting religious liberties.

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Contraception Extremism and the Right-Wing Bubble

I should not have to choose between keeping my job and losing my dignity.

How did the Republicans get themselves into this shutdown mess? Part of the problem is they are remarkably out of touch, and you can look no further than Republican discourse on contraception to see how bad it’s gotten in the right-wing bubble.

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The Bishops Do Not Speak for All Catholics

The U.S. Catholic bishops want to be known as the champions of the poor and struggling. But they're happy to block services to the needy to further their anti-contraception agenda.

I do not believe that people—especially Catholics—in either the Philippines or Ireland want our elected officials to bend a knee to the will of the bishops when it comes to reproductive health.

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Progressive Religious Leaders Seek to Shift the Conversation on Contraception and Abortion in Texas

Rev. Ellen Cooper-Davis, a Unitarian Universalist minister from Houston, leads Texas clergy members in a prayer for increased access to contraception at the Texas state capitol.

Last week, clergy from across the state of Texas gathered at the capitol building in Austin to show their support for access to contraception. Clad in collars, stoles and other religious garb, they stood in the outdoor rotunda to call, publicly, for legislators to stop their ongoing attacks on Texans’ freedom to choose when and whether to have children.

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Christian Right Group on an Anti-LGBTQ Crusade in Brazil

Snapshot from the Brazilian Carnival.

Brazil is a country of contradictions. It can produce both the Brazilian Carnival and house right-wing Christian empires.

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SCOTUS Renews Liberty University’s Challenge to Obamacare

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On Monday the Supreme Court ordered an appellate court revisit Liberty University’s legal challenges to the insurance mandates in Obamacare.

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In Hobby Lobby Case, Federal Court Weighs Whether Secular Employers Can Exercise Religious Rights

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National retail craft chain Hobby Lobby wants a federal court to rule that secular businesses have First Amendment religious rights.

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