Lawsuit seeks HHS records on abortion access for unaccompanied children

The American Civil Liberties Union wants the Department of Health and Human Services to provide records related to government policies on abortion and contraception access for unaccompanied and refugee children.

The organization filed a lawsuit in April against the HHS and the Administration for Children and Families under the Freedom of Information Act seeking the records on policies regarding children in the custody of the government or various grant recipients.

Millions of those previously uninsured now have some kind of coverage

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of uninsured non-elderly adults has dropped by 30.1 percent since 2013.

Financial aid, peer support drawing veterans to Catholic universities

Catholic colleges and universities are attracting military veterans of recent wars with a combination of financial aid, individualized assistance and opportunities for peer support.

Dioceses cope with contraceptive insurance mandate

LEVITTOWN, Pa. -- A new federal regulation that would require employer insurance plans to provide contraceptives that some consider abortifacient and voluntary sterilization among cost-free preventive care measures such as inoculations and Pap smears is being greeted with varying levels of dismay in Catholic dioceses across the country.

The regulation provides a narrow religious exemption for an employer that "(1) has the inculcation of religious values as its purpose; (2) primarily employs persons who share its religious tenets; (3) primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets; and (4) is a nonprofit organization" under specific sections of the Internal Revenue Code.

This definition is "a direct infringement on our ability to do ministry," said George Wesolek, communications director for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. "It's part of a larger issue," he said. "The room for religious liberty is getting narrower and narrower" in the United States.