Notre Dame among Catholic organizations suing over HHS birth control regulations: Read full list

Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP President Barack Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announces the revamp of … Continued

Pablo Martinez Monsivais


President Barack Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announces the revamp of his contraception policy requiring religious institutions to fully pay for birth control, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.

Forty-three Catholic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame and the Archdiocese of Washington, filed 12 separate lawsuits against the Department of Health and Human Services Monday over new regulations requiring them to cover “drugs and procedures in direct conflict with their religious beliefs.”

The full list of litigants is below:

1. D.D.C. Lawsuit

Archdiocese of Washington

Consortium of Catholic Academies

Archbishop Carroll High School

Catholic Charities of D.C.

The Catholic University of America

2. E.D.N.Y. Lawsuit

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Catholic Health Services of Long Island

Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre

Archdiocese of N.Y.


3. W.D.Pa. (Erie Div.) Lawsuit

Diocese of Erie

St. Martin Center

Prince of Peace Center

4. W.D.Pa. (Pitt. Div.) Lawsuit

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Catholic Charities of Diocese of Pittsburgh

Catholic Cemeteries Association of Diocese of Pittsburgh

5. N.D.Tex. (Dallas Div.) Lawsuit

6. N.D.Tex. (Fort Worth Div.) Lawsuit

Diocese of Fort Worth

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7. S.D.Miss. (Gulfport Div.) Lawsuit

Diocese of Jackson

Catholic Charities of Jackson

Vicksburg Catholic School

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

Diocese of Biloxi

De l’Epee Deaf Center Inc.

Catholic Social & Community Services Inc.

Resurrection Catholic School

Sacred Heart Catholic School

St. Dominic Health Services

8. S.D. Ohio (Columbus Div.) Lawsuit

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Michigan Catholic Conference

9. N.D.Ind. (South Bend Div.) Lawsuit

The University of Notre Dame

10. N.D. Ind. (Fort Wayne Div.) Lawsuit

Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne-South Bend

St. Anne Home

Franciscan Alliance

Our Sunday Visitor

University of St. Francis

11. N.D.Ill. Lawsuit

Diocese of Joliet

Catholic Charities of Joliet

Diocese of Springfield

Catholic Charities of Springfield

12. E.D.Mo. (St. Louis Div.)

Archdiocese of St. Louis

Catholic Charities of St. Louis


Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • madisonian2012

    As a further service to your readers, you should list the other lawsuits now pending in federal courts around the country against the HHS mandate…. there are at least eleven other such lawsuits besides the 12 filed today. Those other suits have been filed over the last seven months – the first having been filed last November. The plaintiffs in these lawsuits include Catholic organizations (Ave Maria University; the EWTN Catholic television network; Belmont Abbey College and Priests for Life) as well as three Evangelical or Protestant colleges (Colorado Christian University, Geneva College and Louisiana College); 8 state attorneys general; and three Catholic owned businesses (in Denver, St. Louis and Michigan). It would also be a good service to your readers to know that the administration has not even attempted to defend any of these lawsuits on the merits but has instead attempted to have them dismissed on “ripeness” grounds, using arguments that were already rejected by the Courts (and abandoned by DOJ itself) in the individual mandate litigation.

  • HitchSlap

    Religion is a myth. Sadly, this is all a waste of time and money….of course, the catholic church has boat and pedos they aren’t lacking.

  • salomeh_g

    Don’t they have better things to do??? Like, you know, pick on the Girl Scouts??

  • GrumpyOldMan

    I wish the plaintiffs all success against the federal tyrants.

  • jayne2009

    A significant number of those that belong to the Catholic organizations should be in jail for child molest and related crimes.

  • cricket44

    Whine, whine, whine…and still in the wrong.

  • Carstonio

    Catholic Charities abandoned foster care in DC rather than comply with laws forbidding discrimination against gays, thus depriving children of homes. And limiting access to contraception prevents them from taking control of their fertility. Both turn morality upside down by harming women and children in the name of some concept of organizational purity.

  • carpedtm

    Depriving children of homes?

    How about protecting inoocent children from daily exposure to an unnatural pairing in which they will have no opportunity to see exhibited before them in their daily home life a woman or man who is a whole person with a healthy enthusiasm for and love for a person of the opposite sex.

    Same sex couple are by defintion sterile. They can only replenish their number by proseltyzing the young, the vulnerable and those not fully formed,

    Is the right to gay or lesbian sex of greater constitutional moment than the express constitutional guarantee of religious liberty? Just asking.

  • Carstonio

    There’s nothing immoral about homosexuality, and it’s only ” unnatural” if one wrongly believes that procreation is the highest good. The idea that people can be recruited into homosexuality is a hateful load of crap.

  • Carstonio

    There’s nothing immoral about homosexuality, and it’s only ” unnatural” if one wrongly believes that procreation is the highest good. The idea that people can be recruited into homosexuality is a hateful load of crap.

  • persiflage

    Religious tyranny and lame-brained doctrines seem to go hand in hand. In this case, there’s a total disconnect between following the law and the freedom to express one’s religious beliefs. Unfortunately, a good many religious believers are as wrong-headed as their ‘spiritual’ leaders regarding the contraception issue.

    Healthcare organizations simply need to follow legal mandates – customers are perfectly free to decline any services that offend their religious beliefs. Catholic organizations clearly don’t belong in the healthcare business if they can’t abide by the law.

    On the other hand, the majority of Catholics use birth control at their discretion, so this is more about theocratic, authoritarian control at the organizational level, rather than chronically futile efforts to control individual behavior.

  • immigrant1

    Wow everyone pray for this person.. He needs it bad. Procreation for any species is one of the highest good in order for it to survive DUH

  • immigrant1

    No need to respond to the idiots in here who don’t have a clue what this is about. Plain and simple its about religious rights which is protected by the US constitution just like freedom of speech or right to bear arms, which I’m sure many of you would be willing to defend if it were ever attacked by the government or any special interest groups. Stick to the point. Makes me wonder about the quality of education in our country.

  • swanieaz

    A DISGUSTING comment from carpedtm . . . .

    Where are you on the Church and child abuse ? ? ?

  • swanieaz

    Speaking of quality of education, there ARE LIMITS TO ANY FREEDOM, including what you harp on.

    You CANNOT yell “Fire” in a movie theater, for example.

    You CANNOT take a gun INTO ANY state or Federal building . . .

    Wake up, there are restrictions on all freedoms, and this is no different.

  • woad2112

    Then why do we allow couples that have no intention to procreate to get married? We are not running short of humans…if fact, overpopulation is a problem. Stop wrapping hate in a blanket of religion. It is still hate. YOu need to pray for yourself.

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