Seven states, Catholic plaintiffs file largest lawsuit against HHS mandate

Catholic News Agency: “This is not an issue that is isolated to one church,” said Bowman. “The Federal government’s actions attack the freedom of all Americans to live and practice whatever their faith is, without being forced to violate the sanctity of human life and sexuality.” “It is the duty of government to protect the rights of the citizens – because those rights come from God. They don’t come from the federal government that claims the ability to define who’s ‘religious’ and who isn’t.” “The states in this case are doing what the government should do, which is to protect American citizens from the attack on freedom that the federal government, and the people in charge of it at the moment, are waging against religious believers.”

LifeNews (detailed report): Seven States File Lawsuit to Overturn Obama HHS Mandate

MSNBC: Seven states asked a federal judge Thursday to block an Obama administration mandate that requires birth control coverage for employees of religious-affiliated hospitals, schools and outreach programs.