Nine federal agencies have issued proposed rules to clarify some aspects of social service partnerships with religious institutions.
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In a filing Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court, the Little Sisters of the Poor have asked the court for relief from being forced to comply with the federal contraceptive mandate or face heavy fines.
The sisters are being asked to choose between adhering to their Catholic faith -- which prohibits them from providing contraceptives -- and continuing to pursue their religious mission of serving the elderly poor, said Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the order.
The religious rights of faith-based entities -- including the dioceses of Fort Worth and Beaumont, Texas, and the University of Dallas -- are not substantially burdened by the process to receive an accommodation from the federal government to avoid participating in a health care mandate for contraceptive coverage, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
The American Civil Liberties Union wants the Department of Health and Human Services to provide records related to government policies on abortion and contraception access for unaccompanied and refugee children.
The organization filed a lawsuit in April against the HHS and the Administration for Children and Families under the Freedom of Information Act seeking the records on policies regarding children in the custody of the government or various grant recipients.
For more than a decade, there has been little progress in addressing the more than 11 million people in the U.S. that lack legal immigration status
The Obama administration has once again modified the rules on employers and workers' access to free contraception but religious voices are no happier.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from Sr. Carol Keehan.
The largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the nation met Tuesday to discuss the future under the Affordable Care Act.
Analysis: Analysts say that what worked for Hobby Lobby may not necessarily work for the Little Sisters of the Poor, who operate nursing homes for the poor around the country.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some private corporations should be afforded religious exemptions from one mandate in the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
The Philadelphia archdiocese sued three agencies of the U.S. federal government seeking relief from the mandate that employees cover contraceptives in health plans.