Late Friday afternoon, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Pro-Life Secretariat issued a press release regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the contraceptive and sterilization mandate. As you may recall, the HHS mandate was to go into effect on August 1, 2013. According to Friday’s press release, the date has now been moved to January 1, 2014 for some non-profit entities.
According to Cardinal Dolan, President of the USCCB, they have not completed their analysis of the ruling, but do appreciate the additional time that has been granted. Please see the enclosed press release for complete details.
Please note that any comments you may receive from news outlets or outside organizations may not reflect the position of the U.S. bishops or the Archdiocese of Atlanta. We will send further updates as they become available.
Also, many thanks for the great work for the Fortnight for Freedom, which concludes on July 4. In light of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage, and other religious liberty concerns, we are asked to continue to encourage the religious movement for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty. For more details, please go to: http://www.archatl.com/clife/fortnight/