Contesting the HHS Mandate – A Panel Discussion

Last night, at the Catholic Information Center, there was a fantastic panel discussion on the HHS Mandate, featuring:

Richard Doerflinger
  • James Capretta, Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) (and a former Associate Director of the OMB),
  • Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,
  • Kyle Duncan, General Counsel of the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty,
  • and moderated by Ryan Williams, a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow in the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America.
The panel was fantastic.  And fortunately, you don’t have to take my word for it.  C-SPAN was there, and you can watch the whole thing online.  This may just be the most interesting thing C-SPAN has shown in a while (if you can believe that).


  1. Looks like an excellent discussion. After I get some sleep, I’ll go and listen to it.

    I’m not Catholic (you know this). I’m a very liberal Christian (if I’m even still Christian at all).

    But I’m big on religious liberty, and therefore I’m against new HHS policy.

    I’ve written my representatives. I’ve written the president. I’ve called in on NPR discussions, and written friends and colleagues. It seems like very little, in retrospect, but if everyone can do these things, it may make a big difference.

    Left and right are genuinely united on this issue.

    I strongly suspect that this policy will not be implemented. The attempt to implement is failing miserably.

    It will die. Even if the Supreme Court has to squash it.

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