Hope springs eternal for Catholic charity organizations opposed to the HHS Mandate and the recently enacted “accommodation” for religious organizations. A federal judge in Brooklyn issued an order blocking the enforcement of the HHS Mandate as it applies to several Catholic high schools, and a Catholic-run health insurer there.
The ruling reveals that the accommodation proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services, which requires Catholic entities that aren’t exempt from the Mandate, to provide abortion inducing drugs and sterilization procedures indirectly through their insurance carriers, violates their religious liberty. The case will likely be appealed, but the ruling is encouraging for those concerned about the burden the Mandate will impose on Catholic institutions. For more on this story, click here.
Posted: December 20, 2013