The Catholic University of America

Religious Liberty, Free Speech, and the Fight for Life


Description:  Catholic University law school professor Mark Rienzi delivered the 20th Annual Mirror of Justice Lecture as an analysis of what he called the Obama Administration’s “continued assault” on religious freedom, especially as it relates to the mandatory provision of insurance coverage for drugs that induce abortions by religiously-affiliated employers. Rienzi’s lecture examined the history of jurisprudence regarding the legal status of the human embryo, considered recent state laws designed to quell pro-life voices, and concluded with an examination of the separation of church-and-state issues surrounding the recent federal regulations.