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Religious Freedom vs. the Siren Song of Consequence-Free Sex

Posted by John Jansen (January 10, 2014 at 10:42 am)

PP video re ACARecently Planned Parenthood sent out an email to their supporters highlighting their “Top 5″ moments from 2013.

Considering how much time and resources the nation’s largest abortion chain put in to shilling for the Affordable Care Act/ACA/Obamacare, it’s no surprise that the ACA’s provision that employers—regardless of any conscientious objection—provide free contraception made the list.

Notice how Planned Parenthood framed it:

The ACA covers preventive care with no copay under all plans — meaning women get birth control with no out-of-pocket cost. Many women now have access to affordable birth control for the first time ever. There’s really only one response to that:

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Obama Administration Losing 88% of HHS Mandate Cases in Light of New Victories

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm)

Justice Sonia SotomayorOver the Christmas holidays, several new breakthroughs emerged in the legal challenges against President Obama’s HHS Mandate.

First, and most notably, on New Year’s Eve Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a preliminary injunction against the Mandate to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic nuns who minister to the elderly. The sisters had appealed a lower court’s decision denying them injunctive relief, so it was a great boon to see Justice Sotomayor reverse that ruling.

Next, Stand Up Coalition members Priests for Life were also granted injunctive relief in their suit against the Mandate, along with other similar groups that are obviously religious, but whose main mission is not providing religious services, like Thomas Aquinas College, a Catholic liberal arts college in California. [Continue reading ...]

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New York Catholic Institutions Score Major Victory Against Obama’s HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (December 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm)

New York ArchdioceseA group of New York Catholic institutions have scored a huge victory against the Obamacare contraception mandate yesterday.

The ruling from federal district judge Brian Cogan granted permanent relief from the HHS Mandate to Cardinal Spellman High School, Monsignor Farrell High School, Catholic Health Care System and its affiliates, and Catholic Health Services of Long Island on the grounds that it would compel them to perform acts undeniably at odds with fundamental tenets of their religious beliefs.

This, of course, has been the argument of religious institutions and religious business owners since the Mandate was first announced in 2012. Judges have now granted injunctions to both private businesses and religious institutions, and no judge has yet sided with the Obama Administration.

This is extremely good news for all 89 cases still being litigated against the Mandate. The Stand Up Rally coalition will continue to report on these cases as they develop, so stay tuned!

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University of Notre Dame Re-Files Lawsuit Against Obama’s Contraception Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (December 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm)

Notre Dame LogoIn light of the US Supreme Court’s recent announcement that it will hear the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius cases concerning the HHS Mandate, the University of Notre Dame has re-filed their case against the Mandate.

University president Fr. John Jenkins said in a press release:

Our abiding concern in both the original filing of May 21, 2012, and this re-filing has been Notre Dame’s freedom—and indeed the freedom of many religious organizations in this country—to live out a religious mission. We have sought neither to prevent women from having access to services, nor even to prevent the government from providing them.

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Supreme Court to Hear Two Critical HHS Mandate Cases

Posted by Matt Yonke (November 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm)

The US Supreme Court announced today that they will hear two critical cases in the fight against the HHS Mandate.

The two cases represent two sides of the issue. Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, filed by Mennonite cabinet makers, is a case brought by a private business against the government, while Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., regarding the well known craft store chain, is a case brought by the government against a private business.

It is our hope that by taking both of these cases, it is a sign of the Supreme Court’s intention to take a thorough review of the Mandate and its implications. [Continue reading ...]

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US Bishops Stand Strong with New Special Statement on the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (November 18, 2013 at 10:01 am)

Bishops at the General AssemblyLast week, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) met in Washington DC for their annual General Assembly.

At the close of their meeting, the Bishops issued public statement, re-affirming their opposition to President Obama’s HHS Mandate:

Beginning in March 2012, in United for Religious Freedom, we identified three basic problems with the HHS mandate: it establishes a false architecture of religious liberty that excludes our ministries and so reduces freedom of religion to freedom of worship; it compels our ministries to participate in providing employees with abortifacient drugs and devices, sterilization, and contraception, which violates our deeply-held beliefs; and it compels our faithful people in business to act against our teachings, failing to provide them any exemption at all.

Despite our repeated efforts to work and dialogue toward a solution, those problems remain. Not only does the mandate undermine our ministries’ ability to witness to our faith, which is their core mission, but the penalties it imposes also lay a great burden on those ministries, threatening their very ability to survive and to serve the many who rely on their care.

Read the full statement at the USCCB website, and let’s continue to uphold in prayer the US bishops and all those leading the fight for our religious liberty!

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Yet Another Court Rules against the HHS Mandate

Posted by Eric Scheidler (November 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm)

Stop Obama's HHS Mandate signLast week another court sided with plaintiffs seeking to stop enforcement of the HHS Mandate against them for refusing to provide free contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to employees.

This time it was the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, which instructed a lower court to enter a preliminary injunction to prevent the federal government from enforcing the HHS Mandate against Cyril and Jane Korte, and their southern Illinois construction company, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.

The Korte’s are devout Catholics who say the HHS Mandate requires them to violate their religious faith. But a district court judge refused to grant a preliminary injunction to prevent the federal government from imposing huge fines on them while they fight the HHS Mandate in court.

A court can grant such a preliminary injunction when a judge determines that plaintiffs are likely to prevail—as the Seventh Circuit clearly thinks the Kortes are.

Attorney Edward White of the American Center for Law and Justice, who argued on behalf of the Kortes at the Seventh Circuit, offers more details about the case here.

Here’s hoping that the Kortes will prevail in their lawsuit against the HHS Mandate, which can not proceed without destroying their business, and that all employers will soon see their religious freedoms protected from this kind of government intrusion.

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Taking Stock of the Legal Battle Against the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (October 7, 2013 at 4:10 pm)

Supreme Court BuildingToday the Supreme Court begins a new term in which it may hear two cases related to the HHS Mandate.

Between this and the turmoil in Washington over funding Obamacare, today seems like a good day to take stock of the landscape in the ongoing legal challenges against the Mandate.

Of the 35 for-profit businesses that have brought lawsuits against the HHS Mandate so far, 30 have received temporary injunctions. This means that they do not have to obey the HHS Mandate while their case is pending. This kind of relief is typically granted when a judge believes they have a good chance of winning their case, which makes those numbers a very good sign. [Continue reading ...]

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TODAY is Your Last Chance to Give Feedback on the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (April 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm)

Regulations.gov logoToday, Monday April 8, is your last opportunity to give the Obama Administration feedback on the unjust HHS Mandate.

You can do that right here.

You’ve got till midnight tonight to let the administration know that you believe forcing business owners to provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs as part of their health plans is a gross violation of our First Amendment rights.

This issue has elicited more feedback than any other item, don’t leave your voice out of the conversation! Planned Parenthood and their cronies are pushing their forces to speak up in favor of the Mandate, so get a move on! And be sure to tell all your friends to do the same via e-mail and your social networks.

Don’t let this last chance to speak up pass you by! Make your voice heard right here and stand up for religious freedom today!

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Record Number of People Voice Objections to HHS Mandate

Posted by John Jansen (March 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm)

Stop Obama's HHS Mandate signBefore the dust had cleared following Kathleen Sebelius’ announcement of the HHS Mandate on January 20, 2012, opposition to this abject violation of religious freedom was already fierce.

The pushback against the HHS Mandate was most visibly seen in the hundreds of Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies held throughout the year.

And in unprecedented numbers, Americans registered their objections directly with the federal government.

The Sunlight Foundation recently reported:

Three years after Congress approved President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), contraceptive care remains its most controversial provision, drawing not only more comments than any other regulatory proposal on any subject government-wide, according to an analysis of federal regulations on Sunlight’s Docket Wrench.

More than 147,000 people and organizations have made their voices heard over the debate, most of them opposing the provision that requires that federal agencies have interpreted to mean that women have access to preventive services—including contraception—at no cost. The Catholic Church has led the charge, urging parishioners to write with messages such as “Pregnancy is not a disease, and drugs and surgeries to prevent it are not basic health care that the government should require all Americans to purchase.”

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