A federal appeals court today issued an order granting a motion for a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the implementation of the HHS mandate against a Missouri business owner.Read on for details. It's very good news.
In case you missed it, read Kathryn Jean Lopez's piece from yesterday: Politico Notices the Americans Suing the Obama Administration to Protect their Religious Freedom
Of course, anyone who didn’t make it beyond the third graf, where it is explained that “dozens of lawsuits have been filed in protest of the Obama administration’s policy that most employers include no-cost coverage of FDA-approved prescription contraceptives in health plans” might miss that the cost to employers like the evangelical Wheaton College, Hobby Lobby, a Protestant Bible publisher, and the University of Notre Dame is not to their wallets but to their consciences, which the president once said he would protect, in South Bend, Ind., on the very campus of one of the plaintiffs, as you may recall.Read the rest.
There are also crippling fines that will hit schools and other faith-based social-service organizations who refuse to comply with the mandate when the one-year grace period the administration gave the likes of the Catholic Archdioceses of New York and Washington, D.C. (both plaintiffs), is up.
Anyone who makes it to the third page is met with this caricature of the debate:
Body or soul? Women’s health versus free exercise of religion
It’s a wee bit more complicated than that, of course. Does “women’s health” necessarily mean forcing religious entities and individuals with moral objections to abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and female sterilization? When did we have the vote on treating fertility as a disease and pregnancy as a “Preventative Service,” as the Department of Health and Human Services does with this regulation.
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