Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
BRnow: The Alliance Defending Freedom criticized the Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act, S. 2578, as “an exceedingly dangerous power grab.”
National Review: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today sent a letter to U.S. senators outlining its strong opposition to the “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014,” i.e. the bill proposed by Senators Patty Murray (D., Wash.) and Mark Udall (D., Colo.) to gut religious-freedom protections in the wake of the Hobby Lobby decision.
National Review: A Democratic effort to reverse the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling “does not befit a nation committed to religious liberty,” according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who noted that the bill would undermine an array of conscience protections beyond the contraception issue.
The Washington Post: In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 ruling that, as a closely held company, Hobby Lobby was not required to pay for all of the birth-control procedures mandated by the Affordable Care Act, Democrats have rushed to condemn the court. But in some cases the rhetoric has gotten way ahead of the facts.
Life News: “Pro-life organizations must be free to operate according to the beliefs they espouse,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “The government should not be allowed to force them to pay for insurance coverage that covers drugs that can cause an abortion – the very tragedy March for Life and other pro-life groups oppose. If the government can punish organizations simply because they want to abide by their beliefs, there is no limit to what other freedoms it can take away.”
Life News: Americans typically despise all three branches of government and, whether it’s legislative, executive or judicial, approval ratings for each are typically int he toilet. But there’s good news for the Supreme Court.
Alliance Defending Freedom: “No new law should make an HHS bureaucrat more powerful than federal law itself. Senate Bill 2578 should be called the ‘Late-Term Abortion and Assisted Suicide Coercion Act of 2014’ because it allows any whim of HHS to trump any federal law or rule, including those that protect Americans from being forced to provide abortion or assisted suicide coverage as part of a health plan. The bill clearly states that any HHS regulation requiring something in a health plan must be followed regardless of what any other federal law says. That’s an exceedingly dangerous power grab that no American should support.”
National Review: Under the guise of “protect[ing] women’s health from corporate interference,” thebill that Senate Democrats are proposing in response to the Hobby Lobby ruling would deprive religious entities of all religious-liberty protections against having the HHS mandate directly imposed on them.
Acton Institute: Are you sick to death of hearing about the recent Hobby Lobby contraceptive mandate kerfuffle? Me too. Yes, it’s one of the most important religious liberty cases in decades. But the constant debates about the case on blogs, newspapers, TV, radio, and social media, has left even those of us concerned about freedom beaten and exhausted. Besides, what is left to discuss? Is there really anything new that can be said?
USA Today: Two Michigan-based companies — Eden Foods and Autocam — were part of a nationwide push to broaden the scope of freedom given to business owners to decide the health care benefits of their employees, and they’ll play a role in how a landmark Supreme Court ruling is defined.
One News Now: March for Life, the organization that promotes the annual pro-life march in Washington, DC, has filed suit against the ObamaCare mandate to provide free insurance coverage of abortion-causing drugs. Last week the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, which challenged that mandate on religious grounds for business owners.
Public Discourse: The contradictory reasoning of Justice Sotomayor’s Wheaton dissent exposes a glaring weakness in the legal argument requiring religious non-profits to comply with HHS’s regulatory scheme.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate on behalf of March for Life, the pro-life organization that holds its well-known annual march in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit is the latest lawsuit by a non-profit organization to challenge the mandate since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against it last month on behalf of two for-profit family businesses in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.
The Daily Signal: After 33 years of marriage, Linda and Larry Drain of Maryville, Tenn., separated—but only so Linda could have health care coverage that was threatened by federal bureaucracy, according to The Tennessean.
Acton Institute: The Obama administration’s HHS mandate has led to significant backlash among religious groups, each claiming that certain provisions violate their religious beliefs and freedom of conscience.
The New American: David Cortman, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which assisted in representing the Hahn family and Conestoga Wood Specialties, said after the ruling that “Americans don’t surrender their freedom by opening a family business. In its decision today, the Supreme Court affirmed that all Americans, including family business owners, must be free to live and work according to their beliefs without fear of government punishment. In a free and diverse society, we respect the freedom to live out our convictions.”
FRC Blog: FRC President Tony Perkins learned of the ruling this morning as he met with the Hahn family, founders and owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, which were represented by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys in this lawsuit challenging the Obama administration mandate.
The Daily Caller: “What we found today is that religious liberty fits the law,” Casey Maddox, senior council for the Alliance for Defending Freedom, said.
The Catholic Sun: “In its decision today, the Supreme Court affirmed that all Americans, including family business owners, must be free to live and work consistently with their beliefs without fear of punishment by the government,” Cortman said. “In a free and diverse society, we respect the freedom to live out our convictions. For the Hahns and the Greens, that means not being forced to participate in distributing potentially life-terminating drugs and devices.”
Worthy News: In a 5-4 ruling the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties saying that corporations cannot be forced to provide contraception coverage for their employees. The court determined that federal law protects the two families from being forced to act contrary to their beliefs.
National Review: A woman who would be hailed as a trailblazer for women in the media if she weren’t a Catholic religious sister in a full habit is Mother Angelica. The international media presence she founded, Eternal Word Television Network, filed an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court and then found itself receiving a temporary injunction from the 11th circuit keeping them from having to be subject to the abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate.
The Federalist: In a momentous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that closely-held corporations cannot be forced to include coverage for contraceptives in their employer-sponsored health plans. Applying the rationale of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the Court held that the government failed to use the least-restrictive-means in a Health and Human Services regulation mandating contraceptive coverage, infringing the rights of faith-based businesses Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood.
Eidos: A prediction: If the Hobby Lobby case decided by the Supreme Court stands, then long-term traditional religious ideas about human sexuality will prevail in America.
The Federalist: The Supreme Court has issued a narrow ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, exempting them from the requirement to provide coverage of all FDA-approved contraceptives because of their religious objection.
The fight isn’t over: Nuns, others still face Obamacare mandate despite today’s Hobby Lobby decision
The Daily Signal: Despite today’s Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the fight against the coercive HHS mandate is far from over.
Patheos blog, Get Religion: Greg Scott is vice president of media communications for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Conestoga Wood Specialties. His response to the Forbesstory, shared with GetReligion: When all of the sources represent the furthest extreme on one side of an issue, you’re not likely to get anything but the hysteria represented by that piece. The sources are uniformly hostile to the constitutionally protected free exercise of faith and completely distort what constitutes unlawful discrimination. The case has nothing to do with whether anyone has “access” to potentially abortion-inducing drugs and contraception.
The Christian Post: With 13,000 employees, Hobby Lobby faces a fine of $1,300,000 per day ($100 per employee) if it offers a health plan that doesn’t cover all 20 contraceptive drugs and devices contained in the HHS mandate. Conestoga, with approximately 950 employees, faces a fine of $95,000 per day, or $34,675,000 per year.
Daily Caller: Just from a purely financial perspective, rather than being an option that is “approximately the same price,” this alternative is one that could cost the company millions of dollars each year. Hardly a cost-neutral alternative.
Mere Orthodoxy: It’s worth pointing out that this has nothing to do with any of the legal arguments that Hobby Lobby has pursued the last few years. Hypocrites still have their right to religious liberty, after all, and thank the Lord for it.
Religion Clause: In Eternal Word Television Network v. Burwell, (SD AL, June 17, 2014), an Alabama federal district court granted summary judgment to Department of Health and Human Services, rejecting a Catholic media network’s challenges to the rules accommodating religious non-profits’ objections to the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Connecticut pro-life family filed a motion for preliminary injunction in federal court Thursday seeking to prevent Obamacare abortion surcharges and fines from being enforced against the family.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Connecticut pro-life family filed a motion for preliminary injunction in federal court Thursday seeking to prevent Obamacare abortion surcharges and fines from being enforced against the family. In May, the family filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration because their current health plan will be cancelled in November, forcing them into the state’s health insurance exchange where every plan requires them to directly pay for other people’s abortions. If the Bracys do not comply, they will be subject to crippling fines.
Deseret News: “The government has no business bullying family business owners into paying for other people’s abortion pills, which are widely available at low cost,” said Conestoga attorney David Cortman, senior counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom, before the oral arguments were heard.
Huffington Post: More than six in 10 Americans say publicly held corporations should be required to provide employees with health insurance plans that include no-cost contraception coverage, with smaller majorities saying the same for privately held corporations and small business.
One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Michael Norton reports that a federal court has issued an order that stops enforcement of the mandate against the Fellowship of Catholic University Students — an organization that evangelizes on college campuses in the U.S. and throughout the world.
The Washington Post: Susan Tucker is one of millions of Americans who dislike the health law and want nothing to do with it. But the 54-year-old Venice, Fla., homemaker took her opposition a step further: She opted out.
YouTube: Casey Mattox explains the Bracy v. Sebelius case.
Okla. Federal Court enjoins enforcement of HHS contraception mandate against Catholic Benefits Association
Christian News Wire: Late on June 4, the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled that all employer members of the Catholic Benefits Association are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive/abortifacient mandate (“Mandate”).
The Daily Signal: “No one should be forced to pay for other people’s abortions,” said Matt Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the Bracys.
The Patriot Post: As Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox writes, every consumer in Connecticut buying an ObamaCare-compliant plan “will be required to pay a separate surcharge that the insurer must use solely to pay for abortions.”
The Brad Davis Radio Program: Casey Mattox discusses Bracy Abortion Case with Brad Davis.
The Federalist: How can a government claim to derive its powers “from the consent of the governed” when it deliberately deceives the people whose consent it supposedly requires? The case of a Connecticut family forced to pay a fee to be used to fund others’ elective surgical abortions or face fines under Obamacare is the latest demonstration that the law is a Rube Goldberg machine of impenetrable statutory language designed to confuse.
Religion News Service: More than four in 10 Americans support the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate, which requires nonprofits and businesses to provide birth control even if they have religious objections.
Trib Live: The Catholic Diocese of Greensburg on Tuesday became the third diocese in Western Pennsylvania to file suit against the federal government to claim that the Affordable Care Act infringes upon the religious beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church.
Michigan Live: The injunction was applauded by Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based Christian legal-advocacy group whose attorneys are representing Cornerstone and Dordt.
“Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to their defining beliefs,” ADF Senior Counsel Gregory Baylor said in a statement. “Under this mandate, religious employers have no real choice: they must either comply and abandon their religious freedom, or resist and be taxed for their faith.”
Christian News Network: “Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to their defining beliefs,” added ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor in a press release surrounding the injunction. “Under this mandate, religious employers have no real choice: they must either comply and abandon their religious freedom, or resist and be taxed for their faith.”
“If the government can force Christian colleges to act contrary to their deeply-held religious convictions, then the government can do just about anything,” he said. “The court was right to block enforcement of this unconstitutional mandate.”
Harvard Law Review: We make three basic claims. First, corporate law does not discourage for-profit corporations from advancing religion. Second, such businesses do not undermine the goals of corporate law, nor would it undermine such goals to grant these firms religious exemptions from otherwise neutral laws in appropriate cases. Third, given the plausible reasons for protecting religious exercise by for-profit corporations, there is no reason to reject the most natural reading of RFRA’s text, namely that “person” includes private corporations of all kinds.
Campus Reform: The court’s decision only affects employees of the universities, which were represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, and not their students. For Dordt, that means it affects 191 employees it insures and their dependents.
Des Moines Register: A Christian college in northwest Iowa does not have to pay for some types of contraceptives for employees — at least for the time being — a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
The Christian Post: Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the colleges, praised the decision, arguing that religious colleges should have the freedom to behave according to their religious convictions.
“Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to their defining beliefs,” ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor said. “Under this mandate, religious employers have no real choice: they must either comply and abandon their religious freedom, or resist and be taxed for their faith. If the government can force Christian colleges to act contrary to their deeply-held religious convictions, then the government can do just about anything. The court was right to block enforcement of this unconstitutional mandate.”
The Aquila Report: A federal court issued an order Wednesday [May 21. 2014] that halts enforcement of the Obama administration’s HHS mandate against two Christian colleges: Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan.
Court issues preliminary injunction against ACA contraception mandate enforcement against two religious colleges
Religion Clause: ADF issued a press release announcing the decision. Des Moines Register reports on the decision.
Caffeinated Thoughts: “Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to their defining beliefs,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor. “Under this mandate, religious employers have no real choice: they must either comply and abandon their religious freedom, or resist and be taxed for their faith. If the government can force Christian colleges to act contrary to their deeply-held religious convictions, then the government can do just about anything. The court was right to block enforcement of this unconstitutional mandate.”
Life News: “Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to their defining beliefs,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor. “Under this mandate, religious employers have no real choice: they must either comply and abandon their religious freedom, or resist and be taxed for their faith. If the government can force Christian colleges to act contrary to their deeply-held religious convictions, then the government can do just about anything. The court was right to block enforcement of this unconstitutional mandate.”
Heritage: Obamacare is a huge factor for voters this fall, a new Politico poll shows, with 89 percent of respondents saying it will affect their votes. Sixty percent said the debate should not be over, while 39 percent said it should be.
Alliance Defending Freedom: A federal court issued an order Wednesday that halts enforcement of the Obama administration’s HHS mandate against two Christian colleges: Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan.
The Washington Times: The conservative Media Research Center has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration seeking an exemption from Obamacare’s contraception, sterilization and abortion-pill mandate.
The Modesto Bee: Roman Catholic organizations in Wyoming aren’t entitled to a court order blocking provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act that require hundreds of non-ministerial employees to get health insurance coverage for contraception and abortion services, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Washington Examiner: There’s the individual mandate, the employer mandate, and the “contraceptive” mandate in Obamacare. Now get ready for the full-fledged abortion mandate.
Religion Clause: Yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in Priests for Life v. Department of Health and Human Services and in Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington v. Sebelius.
Family Research Council: Sylvia Burwell is testifying this morning before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the first stop in her confirmation process to become the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to replace retiring HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
National Catholic Register: A Catholic deacon filed the suit after the government health-care law canceled his old plan, he said, forcing him to pay significantly more or violate his conscience by paying for abortions.
Break Point: Do you think the battle for religious freedom is over? Well, think again. One state is considering mandating abortion coverage.
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The Courant: Barth Bracy is executive director of Rhode Island State Right to Life and a deacon at his Catholic church. He and his wife strongly oppose abortion.
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The Washington Times: As pro-life Catholics, Barth and Abbie Bracy don’t want to pay for health insurance that covers elective abortion, but under the Affordable Care Act, they don’t have much choice.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Connecticut pro-life leader and his family that are losing their health plan due to Obamacare filed suit in federal court Thursday.
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WND: Dobson continues to celebrate victory over [former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen] Sebelius and the Obama administration.
Christianity Today: An American Catholic student group has won a court exemption from rules that would have forced them to provide contraception as part of their employee health insurance.
The reach of this abortion mandate would be extensive, because current federal laws require almost all insurance plans to cover maternity services. Washington State stands ready to require almost every business in the state to cover elective abortions.