Category Archive for: justice

Catholic Benefits Association Wins Reprieve in HHS Lawsuit

In a major victory for the First Amendment right to religious freedom, a federal judge has ruled in favor of Catholic Benefits Association (CBA) members, issuing declaratory relief and a permanent injunction against the Obamacare CASC (contraception, abortifacient, sterilization, and related counseling) Mandate. The ruling also eliminates $6.9 billion in fines that have accumulated against…Read More

Victory: State Senate Votes Overwhelmingly for Adoption Protection

Legislation to preserve the religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies in Oklahoma took an important step toward becoming law Tuesday (March 13) with the support of national and state Baptist leaders. The Oklahoma Senate voted 35-9 for Senate Bill 1140, a proposal that would protect private organizations from being required to take part in the…Read More

Breaking: Christian student group back in from cold

News outlets broke the announcement that a Christian student group was—at least temporarily—allowed back on campus just two days after the group asked a federal court to protect its right to choose leaders who affirm its faith. In InterVarsity Christian Fellowship v. Wayne State University, a Christian student group, which had been on campus for 75 years, was derecognized by Michigan-based Wayne State University because…Read More

Early Pro-life Victories, Two Bills Head to House Floor

This week’s slate of bills supported by the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma include two important pro-life measures: House Bill 3676 and House Bill 3447. HB3676 facilitates the provision of federal or state funds to pro-life pregnancy resource centers. And HB3447 prohibits the state from granting Medicaid funding to any health-care provider that has failed to report statutory rape…Read More

‘Defund Human Trafficking’ Bill Passes Out of Committee

This week was crunch-time for legislators as multiple committees in both chambers of the state legislature heard dozens of bills ahead of the March 1 deadline for committee work. Among the bills supported by the Catholic Conference is Sen. Greg Treat’s ‘Defund Human Trafficking’ bill, SB 1267. If passed, the law would prohibit Medicaid funding…Read More