On the heels of the Hobby Lobby decision, a U.S. District Court in St. Louis granted a preliminary injunction on Monday night in favor of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, blocking implementation of the HHS mandate as it applies to the charity organization which serves thousands of the needy in Eastern Missouri.
Non-profits like Catholic charities, Catholic universities, hospitals, and non-diocesan high schools are not exempt from the HHS mandate, but have been offered an “accommodation” that requires the insurance carrier for these entities to pay for the offending contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. The legality of the “accommodation” as it applies to these non-profits was not directly addressed by the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case. Clearly, more court action will follow. Stay tuned.
Posted: July 3, 2014