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Irish Threat to Pro-Life Counseling Centers

Attempts to Undermine Constitutionally Guaranteed Freedom of Conscience HLI Ireland reported that Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish Parliament in Dublin, would debate a bill Wednesday, November 14, 2017, aimed at shutting down pregnancy pro-life counseling networks. The proposed change is to section 4(1) of the Principal Act. Deputy Louise [...]

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Oppressive Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate Lifted

Conscientious Affordable Care Act Relief for Christians Today President Trump overturned the violence perpetrated by the Obama Administration in its direct assault against family, life, and conscience through the “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). Under President Obama, the ACA required all employers provide contraceptives [...]

By |2019-11-15T09:12:55-05:00October 6th, 2017|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , |

Conscience and Health Care Workers

This is the second of Dr. Joseph Meaney's five-part series on conscience, the third installment in HLI’s Educational Series. We invite you to read our other two series on contraception and marriage and family. To hear Dr. Meaney’s recent short talk on conscience with HLI staff and leadership, click here. [...]

By |2019-12-05T20:56:14-05:00May 11th, 2017|Categories: The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , , |
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Defunding Planned Parenthood and the Religious Freedom Order

HLI President Father Shenan J. Boquet issued the following statement on two breaking news stories: the passage by the House of Representatives of a bill that many believe would remove most of Planned Parenthood’s funding for one year, and the signing of an Executive Order by President Trump that is [...]

By |2019-11-16T16:45:32-05:00May 5th, 2017|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , , , |
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Ending the Trafficking and Exploitation of Women and Girls

In conjunction with the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, the Group of Friends of the Family and the Group of Friends United Against Human Trafficking, together with civil society, is hosting a high-level event on the theme of protecting and empowering women and girls and the irreplaceable role of [...]

By |2019-11-16T16:50:18-05:00March 16th, 2017|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: |
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Sanctuary Cities Revisited

The phrases 'religious liberty' and 'religious freedom' will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia or any form of intolerance. - US Commission on Civil Rights Chairman, Martin Castro There it is, folks -- the official position of [...]

Religious Freedom this Memorial Day

After decades of catastrophic birth rates -- the consequence of birth control and abortion, disdain for the natural family, the rejection of God and natural law, and population decline paralleled by an aging society -- Europe is facing a cultural, demographic, and economic crisis. This does not only impact the [...]

The Consequences of a Lawless Decision

When the Obergefell v. Hodges decision was announced, HLI's statement reflected the obvious consequences that would follow, and that we are now seeing play out with an innocent county clerk being thrown in jail. At the time I said: Leaders of the March for Marriage in Washington, DC, April [...]

Silencing the Voices of the Faithful in Health Care

Religious liberty provides for the free exercise of one’s faith in every aspect of life. This freedom is far more extensive than merely having the freedom to attend the worship service of choice.  Truly living one’s faith means that family life, professional life, leisure activities, as well as spiritual practices [...]

Prelude to a Persecution?

On Wednesday morning the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child published its Concluding Observations concerning the Catholic Church’s treatment of children. In this widely-denounced document (see HLI’s statement here), the Committee chastises the Church for supposedly ignoring or refusing the rights of children. It called for the [...]