“The Vanishing Right of Conscience: Why the HHS Contraceptive Mandate is a Threat to the Common Good”

May 25, 2012: Richard Doerflinger

The Obama administration’s mandate for contraceptive coverage in most private health plans raises issues that reach beyond a debate on contraception itself:  The government’s authority to infringe on religious freedom, and to define which groups are “religious enough” to warrant protection; the role of religious groups in serving the common good; and even the limits on government’s right to intervene between parents and their children.  This lecture will explore the broader implications of this debate for the role of believers in American society.