Religious organizations challenge contraception mandate in federal court

by Shannon Bream,
December 10, 2013

Another challenge to the Health and Human Services contraception mandate landed in federal court Monday in a case brought by the group Priests for Life, along with some individual plaintiffs.

They argue that being forced to provide no-cost access to all forms of contraception, including those they believe actually induce abortions, would violate their religious freedom.

After Monday’s hearing, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of PFL, said, “What we just saw in that courtroom is of Biblical proportions.”

The Obama administration doesn’t see it that way. Government attorneys have argued that there are exemptions for entities that are truly operating as religious organizations and can prove it.

However, the plaintiff’s attorneys argue that even if they are able to qualify, they are still under an unacceptable burden: facilitating employee access to the contraception via a third-party vendor.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • greyhound44 says:

    After 21 years of RC education, I have not contributed and shall not.
    The Pope needs, like all in DC, to be eliminated!
    Let the IDIOT donate the Vatican treasury to los pobres!!!
    ret expat MD

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