Eric Kniffin

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Eric Kniffin is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he works on a range of initiatives to protect and strengthen religious liberty as part of EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project.

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Eric Kniffin is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he works on a range of initiatives to protect and strengthen religious liberty as part of EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project.

Kniffin has been an attorney focusing on religious liberty for almost 20 years. As an attorney in Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the George W. Bush Administration, he helped enforce the Fair Housing Act, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons (CRIPA), and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). As legal counsel at the Becket Fund, he contributed to landmark religious liberty decisions including Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

In private practice, Kniffin has protected hundreds of religious employers from the HHS contraception and abortifacient mandate and the HHS gender transition mandate. He has represented the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Knights of Columbus, and the Assemblies of God, among others, in amicus briefs before the Supreme Court. His work helping religious organizations understand, maximize, and defend their religious liberties has made him a nationally recognized expert in the field.

Kniffin is a sought-after commentator on religious liberty issues and has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Huffington Post, National Catholic Register, Inside Higher Ed, and Washington Times, and has spoken regularly for The Federalist Society and The Heritage Foundation.

Kniffin holds a B.A. in philosophy from Wheaton College and received a M.A. in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary before earning his J.D. at Notre Dame Law School. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Bonnie, and their seven children.

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EPPC Amicus Brief Asks Court to Revisit Catholic Hospital’s Refusal to Provide “Gender Transition” Coverage 

Eric Kniffin

On Monday, June 10, 2024, the Ethics and Public Policy Center filed an amicus brief in the Eleventh Circuit Court…

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EPPC Amicus Brief Argues that Destroying Religious Site Substantially Burdens Religious Liberty

Eric Kniffin

On Friday, April 26, 2024, EPPC fellow Eric Kniffin filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in…

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PDF / June 3, 2024

EPPC Amicus Brief Defends Catholic Hospital’s Refusal to Provide “Gender Transition” Coverage 

Eric Kniffin

On Friday, April 19, 2024, the Ethics and Public Policy Center filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court…

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PDF / June 3, 2024

EPPC Scholars Meet with Government Officials to Oppose State Department Rules Imposing Expansive Nondiscrimination Requirements…

Rachel N. Morrison

On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, EPPC scholars Rachel N. Morrison and Eric Kniffin met with government officials in the Executive Office of…

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PDF / May 30, 2024

EPPC Scholars Meet with Federal Officials to Oppose TANF Program Rule that Targets Pro-Life Pregnancy…

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On Monday, April 8, 2024, EPPC scholars Eric Kniffin and Rachel N. Morrison met with government officials in the Executive…

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PDF / May 27, 2024

Biden’s HHS is trying to twist the Hyde Amendment to mandate abortion funding

Eric Kniffin

Biden’s administration will not let anything get in the way of its radical abortion agenda.

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The Hill / May 17, 2024

Leaving Abortion to the States Requires Federal Action

Rachel N. Morrison

Trump would have to undo a series of ‘workaround’ regulations Biden imposed to evade the law.

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Wall Street Journal / April 23, 2024

EPPC Scholars File Brief in Support of Tennessee Title X Funding

Rachel N. Morrison

On April 12, 2024, EPPC Fellows Rachel N. Morrison and Eric Kniffin filed an amicus brief in the Sixth Circuit Court…

PDF / April 12, 2024

EPPC Scholar Meets with Federal Officials to Comment on New HHS Rule on Disability Rights

Eric Kniffin

On Tuesday, April 2, 2024, EPPC scholar Eric Kniffin met with government officials in the Executive Office of the President…

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EPPC Scholar Meets with Federal Officials to Oppose New Nondiscrimination Requirements for HHS Grant Programs

Eric Kniffin

On Monday, April 1, 2024, EPPC scholar Eric Kniffin met with government officials in the Executive Office of the President…

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EPPC Scholars Submit Comment Opposing State Department Proposed Rules Imposing Expansive Nondiscrimination Requirements in Foreign…

Rachel N. Morrison

On March 19, 2024, EPPC scholars Rachel N. Morrison and Eric Kniffin submitted a public comment opposing two proposed rules by the…

PDF / March 19, 2024

EPPC Scholars Submit Comment Opposing Indian Health Service Proposed Abortion Funding Rule

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On March 8, 2024, EPPC scholars Rachel N. Morrison, Eric Kniffin, and Natalie Dodson submitted a public comment opposing a…

PDF / March 12, 2024