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Religious Freedom Under Assault
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.
The Archdiocese of Washington joined with other national and local religious institutions, faith employers, and pro-life advocacy organizations requesting that 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 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.
Want to know more about these new laws? Review the resources below.
- RHNDA FAQ
- HRAA FAQ
- Seek First the Kingdom blog post by Cardinal Wuerl
- Catholic Standard editorial
- Action alert from the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment
- Senate Joint Resolution 10: A joint resolution disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014
- Senate Joint Resolution 11: A joint resolution disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014