N.Y. Catholics Groups Win Court Bar to Contraception Mandate

by Christie Smythe | BusinessWeek
December 17, 2013

A group of Catholic health and educational organizations don’t have to comply with a federal Affordable Care Act requirement to provide their employees with contraception coverage, a federal judge in New York ruled.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn today barred the government from enforcing the mandate against Catholic Health Care System, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Cardinal Spellman High School and Monsignor Farrell High School.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and the health and educational groups challenged the mandate on religious freedom grounds. After the U.S. issued a rule exempting the archdiocese, schools and health-care affiliates were still subject to the law, which takes effect Jan. 1.

The groups “have demonstrated that the mandate, despite accommodation, compels them to perform acts that are contrary to their religion,” Cogan wrote. “And there can be no doubt that the coercive pressure here is substantial.”

Groups that don’t comply with the mandate are subject to fines of $100 a day per affected beneficiary, Cogan said.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • junkmailbin says:

    the object of the government with obamacare is to have every citizen wear San Francisco sneakers( elbow and knee pads). The want to put it to everyone

  • nbamron says:

    Congratulations to all those who fought hard for this! This is a second substantive legal win for freedom of religion in the past couple of weeks. Could the tide be turning against the ungodly and the anti-religious?

  • scottsee says:

    Does anyone have the legal citation for this case or know the web address where a copy of this decision/opinion can be found?

    1. nbamron says:

      I would go online to the court’s website: go to federal court system, pick the court and pick rulings. Must be something like that, we can do it in Florida, at least by linking somewhere else. Or just plug in the decision description and it might come up on screen if it has been released.

  • TonysTake says:

    Let’s hope this stands and also applies to individuals and companies.

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