Legal Challenges to the HHS Mandate Multiply
Posted by Eric Scheidler (October 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm)
As the date for the third Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally approaches, the number of lawsuits being filed against the HHS Mandate continues to rise. The most recent was filed yesterday: East Texas Baptist University & Houston Baptist University v. Sebelius.
And it’s not just explicitly religious institutions like these Baptist universities or the Catholic Charities that are fighting the HHS Mandate in court. Several private businesses are doing so, too, including the craft goods chain Hobby Lobby.
According to the Becket Fund, which is tracking these cases—and litigating some of them—there are now 33 lawsuits against the HHS Mandate. The rapid multiplication of these lawsuits makes it increasingly likely that a case will one day reach the United States Supreme Court, and many legal scholars are optimistic about victory in the high court.
Unfortunately, it will take years for this issue to be resolved judicially. That’s why it’s so important to keep fighting the HHS Mandate at the local, grassroots level—especially the October 20 Stand Up Rally.
March Rally Meeting Leads to Lawsuit
In fact, public protest against the HHS Mandate has helped to advance the judicial fight directly. Chris and Mary Ann Yep, owners of Triune Health Group, were introduced to an attorney from the Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center when they all attended the March 23 Stand Up Rally in Chicago. Their lawsuit against the HHS Mandate, Triune Health Group v. Sebelius, grew out of that chance meeting.
Such an egregious attack on religious freedom as the HHS Mandate is demands action at every level—on the streets, in the courts, in the legislatures, in the media and at the polling place!