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STAND UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
HHS Mandate News and Rally Updates

Obama Administration Shell Game on HHS Mandate Continues

Posted by Eric Scheidler (August 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm)

Shell GameAfter losing in the Hobby Lobby v Burwell Supreme Court case earlier this summer, the Obama administration has just issued new rules for the notorious “HHS Mandate,” the Obamacare provision that requires all employee health plans to include free contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

This marks the eighth time the Obama administration has modified the HHS Mandate. Once again, they’re refusing to listen to the American people—or even the U.S. Supreme Court—and truly respect the employers’ conscience rights.

The new rules are nothing more than a slight variation of the so-called “accommodation” first announced in February 2012, whereby some “third party” will provide the objectionable services. I called that scheme a shell game at the time, and the description still fits. Others have called it an “accounting gimmick.”

All that’s changed is the paperwork involved in the process, which still requires employers to cooperate in providing contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans—or face annual fines up up to $36,500 per employee for refusing to go along. [Continue reading ...]

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Huge Supreme Court Victory for Religious Freedom in Hobby Lobby Case

Posted by John Jansen (June 30, 2014 at 10:03 am)

Hobby Lobby Victory graphic

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stunning decision today affirming the religious freedom rights of business owners, ruling in a 5-4 decision ruling that “closely held corporations” cannot be forced by the Obamacare HHS Mandate to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing drugs to their employees.

In its opinion [PDF], the Court stated that the federal government failed to demonstrate that forcing private corporations to provide these drugs and procedures to employees—even if their owners have strong conscientious objections to them—is the “least restrictive means” of providing free access to them.

The decision in these cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, was the very last decision issued by the Court this term, and it was surely the most anticipated decision all year. That being said, it’s hard to underestimate the significance of this ruling affirming the First Amendment rights of business owners.

“This ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby is a victory for all who cherish religious freedom,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League and one of the national directors of the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies. “The movement that began with hundreds of protest rallies outside federal court buildings has just won a great victory inside the nation’s highest court.” [Continue reading ...]

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Hobby Lobby Ruling Coming Soon—Rally and Tweet Storm This Thursday

Posted by Matt Yonke (June 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm)

This week the United States Supreme Court will hand down its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, which combines both the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius cases challenging Obama’s HHS Mandate.

This will be the biggest ruling yet in a case challenging the HHS Mandate, and we need to come out in force to show our zeal to protect our religious freedoms.

A rally will be held on the steps of the Supreme Court this Thursday at 9 a.m., when the ruling could come down. If you’re in the Washington DC area, please join the rally and spread the word to your friends and family! Get all the details right here.

If you can’t join the rally in person, join in the Tweet Storm on Thursday morning using the hashtags #womenincontrol and #religiousfreedom.

Here are some sample tweets you can use Thursday morning:

Getting free birth control doesn’t equal equality with men #womenincontrol #religiousfreedom #scotus

If I want birth control, I will put on my big girl pants and go get it. My boss doesn’t have to provide it for free #womenincontrol #scotus

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Eric Scheidler speaks at Rally for Hobby Lobby outside Supreme Court

Posted by Eric Scheidler (March 28, 2014 at 10:24 am)

It was my great honor to speak at a rally held Tuesday outside the Supreme Court as oral arguments were being heard in the Sebelius v Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v Sebelius HHS Mandate cases. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga are challenging the mandate, enacted under Obamacare, which compels them to provide free abortion-inducing drugs through their employee health plans.

Other speakers at the rally included Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life, Lila Rose of Life Action and Meg McDonnell of Women Speak for Themselves, and several more articulate, outspoken women. The only men to speak were Fr Frank Pavone and me—a point I remarked on in my comments, which you can hear in full in the above video.

Father of Six Daughters Speaks Out

After declaring that women’s wellbeing is especially important to me as the father of six daughters, [Continue reading ...]

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Cautious Optimism in the Wake of Today’s Hobby Lobby Hearing

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm)

Eric Scheidler at the Supreme CourtToday the Supreme Court heard the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius cases, which challenge President Obama’s HHS Contraceptive Mandate. You can read the transcript of today’s hearing here [PDF].

These cases stand to overturn the Mandate with decisions in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga.

Supporters of religious freedom rallied outside the Supreme Court, and Stand Up for Religious Freedom co-director Eric Scheidler spoke at the rally [pictured above] along with such notables as Senator Ted Cruz and Live Action’s Lila Rose.

Reports coming out in the wake of this morning’s hearing point to cautious optimism for a Hobby Lobby victory. LifeNews.com reports several sources predicting a Hobby Lobby victory, and an article by Ian Millhiser on the liberal news site ThinkProgress.org reported similar sentiments. [Continue reading ...]

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Day 9: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 25, 2014 at 5:00 am)

CrucifixToday is the day. The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, and the Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, will represent all of us people of faith as they petition the Supreme Court to allow them to follow their consciences in how they run their businesses.

The need for prayer has never been greater.

Join us in praying the final day of this Novena, and if you’re in the area, join the rally and prayer vigil at the Supreme Court in support of these brave families starting at 9:30 a.m.! [Continue reading ...]

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Join the Tweet Storm for Religious Freedom, 3/25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 24, 2014 at 1:26 pm)

Tweet stormTomorrow is the big day. The Supreme Court will hear the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius cases challenging Obama’s HHS Mandate.

Now more than ever, we need to make people aware of these historic cases and the threat the mandate poses.

You can help by joining in the Tweet Storm for Religious Freedom tomorrow, Tuesday, March 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon eastern time.

Help set the record straight on the Mandate by tweeting during that time and using the hashtag #ReligiousFreedomForAll to draw national attention to our side and the opposition’s hashtag #NotMyBossBusiness to join their conversation and accurately explain the facts of the case.

In addition to tweeting from 9 a.m. to noon eastern time tomorrow, you can also change your avatar to this great “I Stand with Hobby Lobby” graphic, blog about the cases explaining how the HHS mandate is forcing family businesses to violate their beliefs or face devastating government penalties, and share the news by linking to positive news coverage on your Facebook and Twitter so that our story spread far and wide. [Continue reading ...]

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Day 8: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 24, 2014 at 11:02 am)

Candle-lit PrayerTomorrow the highest court in the land will hear two of the most important cases on religious freedom in our nation’s history: Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, and it’s crucial that we surround this day in prayer.

Please join us in praying day 8 of the Novena to Reverse the HHS Mandate. [Continue reading ...]

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Day 7: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 23, 2014 at 10:59 am)

Christ PrayingThere are only 3 days to go until the first HHS Mandate cases, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, reach the Supreme Court! Help spiritually prepare the soil for this crucial day by joining the Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate.

This is Day 7 of the Novena to Reverse the HHS Mandate. Find the previous days’ prayers here. [Continue reading ...]

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Day 6: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 22, 2014 at 10:58 am)

Sermon on the MountWe’re now in the final days running up to the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases coming before the Supreme Court.

Please join me in praying this special “Novena to Reverse the HHS Mandate,” now on day 6. If you’ve missed the previous 5 days of this 9-day prayer sequence, go ahead an join in now—remember the workers in the vinyard!

Scroll down for the previous days’ prayers, or find them listed here.

Novena to Reverse HHS Mandate: Day 6

Father, You unite the human family
through the blood of Your Son Jesus Christ
and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

At this time of need,
when Your Church and all Your people
are called to stand firm against injustices
inflicted on us from our government,
we ask You to strengthen us in the bond of unity.

Strengthen the unity of Your Church,
that none of Your faithful may be on the sidelines,
but that everyone may be active in this battle.

Give Church leaders the grace to discern
the many varieties of the working of Your Spirit
that they may fan into flame the gifts that the Spirit
bestows freely on Your people.

And give us the wisdom to know
that no group has a monopoly on the defense of life and freedom.
May we work in an ecumenical and inter-religious spirit
and welcome the efforts of all people of good will
who believe in freedom of religion and conscience.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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