Becket Fund’s HHS Mandate Challenge

Becket led the charge to legally challenge the Administration’s mandate. Visit Becket’s HHS Information Central with all cases, maps, timeline, and resources.

This HHS mandate requires religious institutions to either violate  their deeply held religious beliefs or pay massive IRS penalties. The mandate was issued in August 2011, and Becket quickly raised the alarm by suing on behalf of both Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts college founded by Benedictine monks, and Colorado Christian University, an evangelical college located outside of Denver.

Becket represents Eternal Word Television Network.

On February 9, 2012, Becket filed on behalf of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), a Catholic global TV network founded 30 years ago by a cloistered nun named Mother Angelica.

On February 21, 2012, Becket filed on behalf of the Ave Maria University, a school dedicated to living the teachings of the Catholic church.

On March 22, 2012, the state of Alabama joined Becket’s lawsuit on behalf of EWTN, defending their citizens’ rights from offer products against their religious beliefs.

On July 18, 2012, Wheaton College, the leading evangelical liberal arts institution, filed a lawsuit in partnership with Catholic University of America, marking the first-ever partnership between Catholic and evangelical institutions to oppose the same regulation in the same court.

Becket represents the Green family of Hobby Lobby.

On September 12, 2012, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.,  a privately held retail chain with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states, filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, opposing the Health and Human Services “preventive services” mandate, which forces the Christian-owned-and-operated business to provide, without co-pay, the “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plan, or faces to the IRS.

On October 9, 2012, East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University, filed suit, echoing plea of first Baptist leader, Roger Williams, Universities demand religious freedom.

On September 24, 2013, the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Roman Catholic congregation of nuns who cannot comply with the government’s
mandate, filed the first class-action lawsuit to uphold their rights to carry out their vows of obedience in their service to the elderly poor.

Becket represents the Little Sisters of the Poor.

On October 11, 2013, three religious ministry groups — Reaching Souls International, Truett-McConnell College, and Guidestone Financial Resources — that do not qualify for the “religious employer” exemption filed a class-action lawsuit defending their right to carry out their Christian mission.

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a landmark victory for religious liberty, ruling 5-4 in favor of David and Barbara Green and their family business, Hobby Lobby.

On August 27, 2014, the administration issued its new rule, which was its 8th retreat from its original stance that only “house[s] of worship” receive religious liberty protection.

Stay tuned here for up-to-date coverage of these lawsuits.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with a Becket attorney, please contact Melinda Skea, Communications Director, at or call 202.349.7224.

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C-SPAN: Becket Statement




C-SPAN Washington Journal, July 2014



MSNBC: The Daily Rundown with Chuck Taylor, June 2014




Lori on MSNBC Hardball with Chris Matthews, March 25, 2014
















Mark on MSNBC, March 25, 2014
















Mark on FOX The Kelly File, March 25, 2014
















Montserrat Alvarado on Despierta América (November 2013)
Lori on WSJ

















Kyle Duncan on FOX News with Greta Van Susteren (April 2013)
Kyle on CNN 02-04-13

















The Hobby Lobby Story (Short Version)




The Hobby Lobby Story (Full Version)




Kyle Duncan on CNN (February 2013)
Kyle on CNN 02-04-13
















Kyle Duncan on CNN (November 2012)








Video: Meet the Little Sisters of the Poor
Mark with Cavuto on FOX 9.27

Fox News The Kelly File, February 26, 2014
Mark with Cavuto on FOX 9.27








Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, January 3, 2014
Mark with Cavuto on FOX 9.27








Video: Fox News “The Kelly File,” January 3, 2014
Mark with Cavuto on FOX 9.27








Video: Fox News “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” January 2, 2014
Mark with Cavuto on FOX 9.27









Luke Goodrich on Diane Sawyer’s ABC World News.  Click here for video.

Mark Rienzi on Geraldo at Large.  Click here for video.

Hannah Smith on American’s News HQ.  Click here for video.

Luke Goodrich on CNN Newsroom. Click here for video.

Hannah Smith on America’s Newsroom.  Click here for video.


Emily Hardman on MSNBC.  Click here for video.

Montse Alvarado on John Stossel.  Click here for video.