Court bucks status quo by ruling against HHS mandate

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

An appeals court has gone against what some other circuit courts have done and ruled in favor of two Christian schools regarding the HHS contraceptive mandate.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court's decision to halt enforcement of the Obama administration's HHS mandate at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Greg Baylor is the Alliance Defending Freedom attorney who defended the two schools.

“This court, unlike so many others including the 7th Circuit, understood that complying with the mandate violates the religious freedom of these schools, and thus under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is impermissible,” the attorney explains. 

Baylor reports other faith-based schools that have lost at the appeals court level are now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review at least some of those decisions.

“There are seven petitions for review pending before the Supreme Court right now,” he notes. “And the fact that the 8th Circuit has gone against the grain, disagreed with its sister circuits and ruled against the government, makes it more likely than before that the Supreme Court will take the case.”

The Department of Health and Human Services mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide access to abortifacients through their health insurance plans.

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