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Michigan Catholic Conference files new lawsuit against HHS mandate

Lansing — The Michigan Catholic Conference has filed a new legal challenge in federal court against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate after a similar lawsuit was dismissed in March on procedural grounds. The new lawsuit, filed Nov. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, contends…

Michigan Catholic Conference files new lawsuit against HHS mandate

Lansing — The Michigan Catholic Conference has filed a new legal challenge in federal court against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate after a similar lawsuit was dismissed in March on procedural grounds. The new lawsuit, filed Nov. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, contends…

Financially and morally, HHS mandate will be devastating, say local Catholic professionals

Metro Detroit — The Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate is challenging business owners across the nation who are struggling to choose between health care for their employees and the violation of their own consciences. Don Watza, a longtime Catholic businessman and president of BenStaff, Inc., a health care and employee benefits consulting firm in…

Oxford company sues over HHS mandate

Meanwhile, 6th Circuit says Grand Rapids firms must comply OXFORD — An Oxford casting, machining, fabrication and assembly company that provides an optional Mass for its employees and houses an on-site chapel has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the HHS mandate, joining a growing list of lawsuits nationwide from Catholic business owners. Barron…

MCC: Don’t leave faith-based adoption agencies vulnerable

DETROIT — Faith-based adoption agencies in Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and California are closing their doors, but the Michigan Catholic Conference hopes to prevent this from happening in its own state. To that end, the conference is urging state lawmakers to adopt legislation that would protect Catholic and other faith-based agencies from having to violate…

Judge delays Michigan Catholic Conference’s HHS lawsuit

By the Catholic News Service Public comment period on Obama administration’s proposed rule open until April 8 DETROIT — A federal judge in Ohio ruled March 22 that a lawsuit by the Michigan Catholic Conference and the Franciscan University of Steubenville against the federal government’s rule mandating coverage of birth control, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations…