The U.S. Supreme Court this week ordered the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider Liberty University’s complaint against the federal mandate on employers to provide health coverage and on all new health plans to cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, declared, “Our fight against ObamaCare is far from over. Congress exceeded its power by forcing every employer to provide federally mandated insurance. But even more shocking is the abortion mandate, which collides with religious freedom and the rights of conscience.”
In other recent HHS mandate news, Tyndale House Publishers, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, was granted a preliminary injunction based on its religious objection to the mandate. However, Hobby Lobby was denied a similar injunction and could face federal fines of $1.3 million per day if it does not comply with the HHS directive. Hobby Lobby, defended by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, is appealing the ruling.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations
Published: November 30, 2012