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Becket Fund Praises Courageous Institutions for Joining the Fight for Religious Liberty Visit Becket Fund’s HHS Information Central to see all cases, timeline, and resources

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Melinda Skea 202-349-7224

Washington, D.C. – Today, major Catholic dioceses and charitable organizations across the country—including the University of Notre Dame—filed twelve separate lawsuits against the Obama administration’s abortion-drug mandate and dramatically widened the battle front against this unprecedented assault on religious freedom. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who has led this fight by filing the first four lawsuits against the mandate, praised the courage of these Catholic entities.

“The alarm bells are ringing all over our nation,” said Kyle Duncan, General Counsel for the Becket Fund. “With so many voices now joined in chorus against it, the federal government cannot continue to ignore the widespread violations of religious liberty caused by its flagrantly unconstitutional mandate.”

This sweeping new lawsuit joins a growing list of challenges to the HHS mandate that employers must include contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health insurance, or risk hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty played a path breaking role in this litigation. It filed the first three lawsuits against the mandate, on behalf of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts school; Colorado Christian University, an evangelical school in Denver; and the Eternal Word Television Network, a worldwide Catholic broadcasting network based in Alabama. It then filed the fifth lawsuit on behalf of Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida.

Please visit the Becket Fund’s website for the most up-to-date information and resources about the growing number of challenges to the HHS mandate:

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. The Becket Fund has a 17-year history of defending religious liberty for people of all faiths. Its attorneys are recognized as experts in the field of church-state law, and they recently won a 9-0 victory against the federal government at the U.S. Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is the first and leading law firm to legally challenge the Administration’s HHS mandate.


For more information, or to arrange an interview with one of the attorneys, please contact Emily Hardman, Communications Director, at or call 202.349.7224.