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Gerard V. Bradley at National Review: Here is that passage, as quoted by Judge Cogan after noting that the burden upon the New York Catholic institutions was not that the law allows their employees to receive and use free contraception: “It goes without saying that [plaintiffs] may neither inquire about nor interfere with the private choices of their employees on these subjects.” But this is surely mistaken.
Mirror of Justice: In response to my post on the Eastern District of New York’s decision striking down the contraception mandate, and specifically my statement and questions about the third party administrator issue noted at the end of that post, reader Matt Bowman (with Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Conestoga Wood) wrote me with the following helpful explanation (posted with his permission). If others have more information about the “church plan” issue, I’d welcome it, as it has been insufficiently considered.
Rick Garnett at Mirror of Justice: A federal-district-court ruling that grants an injunction against enforcing the mandate against a number of Catholic Church-affiliated institutional employers is available here. I am still reviewing it, but it looks to be a very good result for religious-but-not-exempt employers’ bringing RFRA challenges to the mandate.
Matt Bowman at the Alliance Defending Freedom Blog: Religious freedom won a victory in New York in the first week of December when a federal court ruled on behalf of the Archdiocese of New York and other Catholic entities and …
Religion Clause Blog: In Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York v. Sebelius, (ED NY, Dec. 5, 2012), a New York federal district court permitted the Archdiocese of New York, the Catholic Health Care System (ArchCare) and Catholic Health Services of Long Island to proceed with their 1st Amendment, RFRA and Administrative Procedure Act challenges to the contraceptive coverage mandate imposed under the Affordable Care Act.