[Rushtalk] Post-Hobby Lobby, Courts Grant Injunctions Against Obamacare Abortion Drug Rule for 7 Groups

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Post-Hobby Lobby, Courts Grant Injunctions Against Obamacare Abortion
Drug Rule for 7 Groups
July 1, 2014 - 2:58 PM
By Brittany M. Hughes
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The Supreme Court building in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014,
following various court decisions. The court ruled on birth control,
union fees and other cases. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) – Within 24 hours of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that
the Obama administration was wrong to impose its contraceptive and
abortion drug regulation on small companies that oppose it on religious
grounds, two federal courts granted emergency injunctions to seven
non-profit groups that also oppose the rule.

In a July 1 news release from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the
non-profit law firm stated that the Eternal Word Television Network
(EWTN) and five Catholic institutions in Wyoming -- Catholic Diocese of
Cheyenne, Catholic Charities of Wyoming, St. Joseph"s Children"s Home,
St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School and Wyoming Catholic College –
were granted temporary waivers from the mandate.

Also, a separate federal court granted a temporary injunction to Wheaton
College to protect it from the mandate.

The Obamacare rule, set by the Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS), required that nearly all employers (with 50 or more workers)
offer health insurance that covered contraception, sterilization, and
abortion-inducing drugs without co-payments.  If a company or group
refused to follow the rule, they faced potentially crippling fines.

As the Supreme Court noted in its ruling on Hobby Lobby, the for-profit,
family-owned business faced penalties of $475 million per year, which
would have bankrupted the company.  Co-plaintiff Conestoga faced fines
of $33 million per year, and co-plaintiff Mardel faced $15 million per
year. (See Burwell-v-Hobby-Lobby.pdf)


Mother Angelica, a Catholic nun and founder of the international Eternal
Word Television Network (EWTN). (Photo: EWTN)

"Thanks to the courts" decisions, Eternal Word [EWTN] can now freely
practice what they preach. The death knell is sounding for the HHS
Mandate,” Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund and counsel
for Eternal Word, said in the release.

"The ruling in Hobby Lobby and then these two rulings in quick
succession show that the HHS Mandate is on its last legs when it comes
to religious non-profits,” she said.  "The sad part is that it has
taken almost three years of litigation to get to a result the
Administration should have supported in the first place because it is
the right thing to do.”

"Government shouldn"t be in the business of forcing nuns to violate
their religious convictions,” said Windham.

In another news release, the Becket Fund called the ruling in favor of
the Eternal Word Television Network, which was founded by a
semi-cloistered nun, Mother Angelica, and focused on spreading the
Catholic Church"s teachings, a "resounding victory for religious

"We are thankful that the Eleventh Circuit protected our right to
religious freedom while we pursue our case in court,” said EWTN
Chairman and DEO Michael Warsaw. "We want to continue to practice the
same Catholic faith that we preach to the world every day.”


"The seven religious institutions that obtained protection today join
the 80 percent-plus of HHS legal challenges that have resulted in
favorable rulings supporting religious freedom,” the Becket Fund
stated, adding that "there are currently 100 lawsuits challenging the
unconstitutional HHS mandate.”

Using an abortion-inducing drug, as well as other contraceptives, and
sterilization, is contrary to the Catholic faith.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "From its conception, the
child has the right to life. Direct abortion, that is, abortion willed
as an end or as a means, is a 'criminal' practice (GS 27 § 3), gravely
contrary to the moral law. The Church imposes the canonical penalty of
excommunication for this crime against human life." (2322)

The Catholic Church also teaches that deliberate use of a contraceptive
or sterilization to "render procreation impossible" is "intrinsically
evil." (2370)

In its  June 30 ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, the majority of justices
on the Supreme Court said that four of the 20 contraceptive methods
approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "may have the effect
of preventing an already fertilized egg from developing any further by
inhibiting its attachment to the uterus.”

The label on the FDA-approved contraceptive drug Plan B states that
"this product works mainly by preventing ovulation (egg release.) It may
also prevent fertilization of a released egg (joining of sperm and egg)
or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (implantation).”

The Supreme Court ruling further said, "In these cases, the owners of
three closely held for-profit corpora­tions have sincere Christian
beliefs that life begins at conception and that it would violate the

ir religion to facilitate access to contraceptive drugs or devices that
operate after that point.”  (See Burwell-v-Hobby-Lobby.pdf)

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