Religious Liberty

Passed by the D.C. Council in December 2014 and signed into law by the city’s new mayor, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA) would prevent religious institutions from practicing their sincerely held religious beliefs about the sanctity of human life and the truth and meaning of human sexuality.

National and local religious institutions, faith employers, and pro-life advocacy organizations asked the U.S. Congress pass a Resolution of Disapproval with respect to two new laws (RHNDA and HRAA) that are unconscionable assaults upon religious freedom in the District of Columbia. Click here to read the February 5, 2015 Archdiocese of Washington press release.

On March 18, the U.S. Senate introduced resolutions disapproving the unprecedented attack on religious freedom.  Click here to read the March 18, 2015 press release.

On March 20, Cardinal Wuerl and five additional members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sent a letter to Congress asking it to rescind the legislation. Click here to read the letter.

On April 14, the Archdiocese of Washington and along with a large and growing coalition of religious institutions, faith-based organizations, and pro-life advocacy organizations within the District of Columbia, welcomed the introduction of two resolutions of disapproval in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA). Click here to read the press release.

On April 21, the Archdiocese of Washington, along with a coalition of religious institutions, faith-based organizations, and pro-life advocacy organizations within the District of Columbia, hailed the passage of H.J. Res. 43 by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Click here to read the press release.

On April 29, the Archdiocese of Washington, along with a coalition of religious institutions, faith-based organizations, and pro-life advocacy organizations within the District of Columbia, hailed April 30 scheduled vote on House Joint Resolution 43 disapproving the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) by the U.S. House of Representatives. Click here to read the press release.

On April 30, the U.S. House passed H.J. Res. 43 with a vote of 228 – 192. Click here to read the press release.

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