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AU Wins Another Round In Legal Battle With Notre Dame Over Birth Control Access

A federal appeals court ruled May 19 that federal regulations designed to protect women’s access to birth control do not infringe on the religious-liberty rights of the University of Notre Dame.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling 2-1, upheld a regulation issued under the Affordable Care Act that permits religious non-profits to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage directly to employees and students as long as they first notify either their insurance company or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more

Americans United Fights In Federal Court For Student And Staff Access To Contraceptives At Notre Dame

Church-State Watchdog Is Only National Group Arguing On Behalf Of Women Who May Lose Access To Vital Medical Care At Catholic School

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision does not change the fact that the University of Notre Dame’s religious beliefs are not burdened when a third party provides free contraceptive coverage for the school’s students and staff, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
 
In an argument today before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Americans United explained that the high court’s ruling in Burwell v.

Appeals Court Should Protect Student And Staff Access To Contraceptives At Notre Dame, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Is Only National Group Representing Women In Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court today sent a legal case over access to birth control at the University of Notre Dame back to a lower court for further review.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which has intervened in the case on behalf of three Notre Dame students, says the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will receive the case again, should stick to its original ruling and make it clear that religious institutions have no right to interfere in the private moral choices of students and staff.
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A Visit To The Reality Community: Americans Have Sex. Americans Use Birth Control. Let’s Move On.

Over the weekend, Americans United Senior Litigation Counsel Greg Lipper took part in a panel discussion about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision at a meeting of the American Political Science Association here in Washington, D.C. Read more

Proselyting Punted: UConn Coach Who Promised To Bring Jesus Into The Huddle Has Resigned

It seems Jesus won’t be joining the football team at the University of Connecticut after all.

This week, UConn Head Coach Bob Diaco announced that one of his newly hired assistants, Ernest T. Jones, will resign from the team before coaching a single game at the university. Read more

Huddling With Jesus?: UConn Football Coach Says Players Must Accept Christ To Succeed

A position coach for the University of Connecticut’s football team said he intends to add a new “superstar” recruit to the Huskies’ squad: Jesus Christ.  

UConn, which is a public institution, recently hired Ernest T. Jones to serve as the team’s running backs coach and also as its director of “player engagement.” Since nobody would know what “player engagement” means without an explanation, Jones was kind enough to clarify. Read more

Americans United Seeks To Intervene In Notre Dame Lawsuit Challenging Women's Access To Birth Control

Church-State Watchdog Group Asks Federal Court To Allow It To Represent Students Who Want Contraceptive Access

Americans United for Separation of Church and State last night filed a legal motion with a federal court seeking permission to intervene on behalf of three University of Notre Dame students who want to ensure that their health-care plan includes access to contraceptives. The students lack the financial means to purchase contraception on their own.
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Electioneering Error: Religious Right Is Missing The Point On Bishop Jenky’s Campaign Intervention

As usual, Religious Right leaders are confused. This time it seems that a lot of our opponents don’t understand why Americans United reported the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Ill., to the Internal Revenue Service for illegal church politicking.

Let me explain. Read more