Religious Liberty Victory for Catholic Employers
The Obama HHS abortion mandate has suffered another defeat, this time by the Catholic Benefits Association (CBA). The mandate has faced challenges from organizations like Little Sisters of the Poor to businesses like Hobby Lobby.
In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court released its historic decision in the Hobby Lobby case opposing Obamacare’s HHS mandate (Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc). The ruling upheld religious liberty and protected the conscience rights of family businesses who object to being forced to pay for the coverage of sterilizations, contraception and drugs that have the potential to destroy an unborn child.
The CBA is the latest organization to win a victory in court against the mandate, with a federal judge issuing a permanent injunction and stating the mandate violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“This is the tremendous win,” said Douglas G. Wilson, the CBA’s Chief Executive Officer. “The first freedom in the Bill of Rights is the First Amendment right to freedom of religion. The court has rightly ruled that employers should not be forced to violate their beliefs and cover morally problematic elective and often low-cost choices that individuals may wish to make.”
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