Skip to comments.Ave Maria not backing down from challenging federal contraceptives rule
Posted on 06/29/2012 6:26:15 PM PDT by smokingfrog
A U.S. Supreme Court health-care ruling this week won't directly affect lawsuits filed by religious-affiliated employers like Ave Maria University over a controversial contraception mandate earlier this year.
But nestled in the 193-page decision issued Thursday that upheld the constitutionality of the federal health-care act, there was a "silver lining for people of faith," said Kyle Duncan, general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public interest law firm handling lawsuits by Ave Maria and others.
The ruling "suggests that the Supreme Court is willing to entertain arguments that the (Department of Health and Human Services) mandate violates the right of religious freedom," Duncan's colleague, Hannah Smith, said during a conference call with reporters hours after the ruling.
At the root of the lawsuit is a January HHS regulation requiring employers to pay for preventative health services for staff, including contraception and sterilization.
Like other schools, hospitals, and social services that are associated with a religion but aren't houses of worship, Ave Maria University asserted that paying for such services is against religious beliefs and therefore violates the First Amendment right to religious freedom.
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I’m sure that our Chief Justice will carefully look at this case and honor the First Amendment. /s
If Roberts has set himself against the Catholic Church on the side of an immoral cause, he’s in for a fight he just cannot win. He’ll be wishing for far more than an “impregnable island fortress” when the fireworks start . . .
We know who will win that fight eventually. However, we need to stay fully engaged for the next decade or more - there is no guarantee that good will triumph quickly or neatly, especially if we are not doing our share.
That would be much more convincing if Pelosi were excommunicated for her stance on abortion; as is... I kinda think the Catholic Church in the United States is full of it.
Do you mean to sya you have found evidence that the Christian religions are, in fact, radicalizing??? I haven't seen it.
Talk about a STRETCH in attempting to ascertain motive....
I commend the Catholic Church for fighting this. I’ll take all the allies we can get.
I only wish the Catholic Church supported individual liberty, small government and my right to Freedom of Association.
They’d accept this invasion of liberty with just a few tweaks.