Becket Fund provides summary and timeline

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has posted a superb resource–a summary of lawsuits and a timeline of what’s happened with the HHS mandate.  The Becket Fund filed the first lawsuits in this matter.  The page also has links to the mandate itself, and to the federal government page where you can comment on the rules.  Go to their site for active links to the press releases, etc.  Here is the HHS mandate timeline from the site:

HHS Mandate Timeline:

  • August, 2011, Federal government issues a regulation requiring that all group health plans must cover “[FDA-]approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.” The mandate, a provision of the “Affordable Care Act,” would take effect August 1, 2012.
  • November 10, 2011Press Release,  Belmont Abbey College Sues Federal Government (Becket Fund)
  • December 21, 2011Press ReleaseColorado Christian University First Evangelical University to Fight Abortifacient Mandate (Becket Fund)
  • January 20, 2012Press Release,  Obama Administration Refuses to Change Abortion-Drug Mandate
  • January 31, 2012, Press Release Senator Rubio introduces conscience rights bill
  • February 6, 2012, Press Release, White House Makes False Claims about HHS Mandate
  • February 9, 2012Press ReleaseBecket Funds Files Lawsuit for Nun’s TV Network
  • February 10, 2012Press Release Obama Administration Offers False “Compromise” on Abortion-Drug Mandate
  • February 15, 2012, HHS MandateAfter “Compromise,” HHS Mandate Remains unchanged
  • February 15, 2012,  Press ReleaseUNACCEPTABLE: Diverse group of more than 300 academics and religious leaders call Obama’s HHS statement “Unacceptable”
  • February 15, 2012Press ReleasePriest for Life Join Fight
  • February 17, 2012Press ReleaseObama Administration Responds to Becket Fund Lawsuit: “Please Look the Other Way”
  • February 18, 2012, Congressional Hearing, First Congressional Hearing on HHS Mandate, President Theirfelder Testifies (Belmont Abbey College)
  • February 18, 2012, Press ReleaseLouisiana College joins fight (ADF)
  • February 21, 2012Press Release,  Becket Fund Files on Behalf of Ave Maria University
  • February 21, 2012Press Release,  Geneva College joins fight (ADF)
  • February 23, 2012, Press Release7 states sue over mandate (Nebraska v. HHS)
  • February 28, 2012Press ReleaseObama Administration Takes Another Pass on Defending HHS Mandate
  • February 28, 2012, Congressional HearingBecket Fund Testifies before full House Judiciary Committee regarding constitutionality of the HHS Mandate
  • February 28, 2012, Press ReleaseAdministration seeks to dismiss Becket Fund’s CCU lawsuit
  • March 15, 2012, Press ReleaseFirst for-profit client files, O’Brien v. HHS (ACLJ)
  • March 16, 2012Press ReleaseAdministration Offers new details on “accommodation” and fails to satisfy religious groups (Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking)
  • March 22, 2012Press ReleaseAlabama Joins Becket Fund’s Fight Against Unconstitutional HHS Mandate
  • March 23, 2012, Media AdvisoryBecket Fund co-host Religious Freedom Rallies nation-wide
  • April 23, 2012, Press ReleaseBecket Fund Fires Back at Administration’s Attempt to Dismiss Lawsuit (BAC)
  • April 26, 2012VideoSebelius admits before congress that she did not consult Supreme court decision on religious liberty when drafting the HHS mandate
  • April 30, 2012, Press Release, Second Private Business Owner Sues, Newland v. Sebelius (ADF)
  • May 7, 2012, Press Release, Legatus v. Sebelius  (Thomas More Law Center)
  • May 21, 2012, 11 Additional Lawsuits, representing 43 plaintiffs filed (Jones Day)
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