HHS Mandate Loses Big in District Court

Things are looking up in a couple of areas.

One Michigan Christian who wouldn’t stop fighting won in local court against the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Two Christian colleges won in Federal Appeals Court against the HHS Mandate.

I’m sure the HHS Mandate ruling will be appealed, but the cases are slowly turning our way on this terrible mandate. Say your prayers that this trend continues all the way to the Supreme Court.

The Becket Fund article describing the HHS Mandate victory reads in part:

Federal Appeals Court Hands Victory to Religious

Colleges, Commands HHS to Act Quickly to Fix


Image: Federal Appeals Court Hands Victory to Religious Colleges, Commands HHS to Act Quickly to Fix Mandate


For Immediate Release: December 18, 2012
Media Contact: Emily Hardman, 202.349.7224

Washington, D.C. — Today, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. handed Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College a major victory in their challenges to the HHS mandate.  Last summer, two lower courts had dismissed the Colleges’ cases as premature.  Today, the appellate court reinstated those cases, and ordered the Obama Administration to report back every 60 days—starting in mid-February—until the Administration makes good on its promise to issue a new rule that protects the Colleges’ religious freedom.  The new rule must be issued by March 31, 2013.

“The D.C. Circuit has now made it clear that government promises and press conferences are not enough to protect religious freedom,” said Kyle Duncan, General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who argued the case.  “The court is not going to let the government slide by on non-binding promises to fix the problem down the road.” (Read more here.)

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  • Bill S

    Wheaton College: “While it is true that our insurance already covers emergency contraception, now that the government requires us to have it, we’re going to discontinue it. So there. Take that you big bad government trying to infringe upon our religious freedom.”

    What a miserable way to be.

    • vox borealis

      Reading his various comments, Bill S seems pretty upset about things.

      • Bill S

        I think someone just has too much free time. It gets lonely when you work out of your house and business is slow.

    • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

      Isn’t it terrible when it turns out that the laws aren’t there to protect YOUR side and bash YOUR enemies, eh?

  • vox borealis

    I posted a comment on this elsewhere, maybe Mark Shea’s blog. This “big” victory is simply not big at all, and everyone knows it. We’re all just watching the preliminaries before the real show, when five out of nine supreme court justices get to make up their own version of the constitution. Maybe not being forced to pay for someone else’s birth control or abortion is protected by the first amendment, or maybe forcing someone else to pay for your birth control or a abortion is a fundamental right enshrined in the penumbras of the constitution, or maybe it’s really a tax so congress can make you do it, or maybe it vaguely involves the commerce clause. Or maybe they’ll concoct something else entirely out of thin air. Whatever.

    Spin the wheel and see what comes up under the category limited and enumerated powers.

    • Bill S

      I think that it will be necessay to expand the exemptions to cover more entities. I think the administration is just trying to keep the exceptions to the mandate at a minimum. On a positive note, the more contraceptives, the less abortions. Please, don’t count taking a morning after pill as an abortion. That’s just an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

      • vox borealis

        An insult to intelligence is the notion that more birth control means fewer abortions. The past forty years have proven that to be demonstrably false.

  • Bill S

    That’s probably because of the people that use abortion as a method of birth control. I don’t have any evidence to prove it, but it would seem to me that if people had free birth control, they would use it as opposed to running the risk of an unwanted pregnancy and then going out and having an abortion. It just seems to be logical.

    • Sus

      Bill, I used to believe birth control would reduce abortions. I don’t anymore. Even if birth control were free, the woman would still have to have access to it. If they aren’t going to use something available in every drugstore and most grocery stores, they aren’t going to go to the doctor. Most big cities have places for women to go but they don’t take advantage of it.

      I believe the problem is much deeper than birth control.

  • Bill S

    The HHS mandate is just about the most you can do for people. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. If women are not willing to take advantage of the HHS mandate then they are on their own. People who don’t want more children but who are unwilling to use birth control give me the creeps.

    • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

      Why not just shorten it and say that people give you the creeps?

  • Bill S

    What really gives me the creeps is how the same church that harbors pedophiles can tell my wife that she has been committing a mortal sin by being on the pill. That’s real creepy.

  • FW Ken

    I think that bringing in the pedphile scandal to foreclose further discussion should be declared a corollary to to Godwin’s Law.

    In any case, this bit of sexual obsession is worth repeating:

    People who don’t want more children but who are unwilling to use birth control give me the creeps.

    • Bill S

      I could have worded it better. What I mean to say is that, instead of having numerous unwanted children or children that must be supported by welfare, it would be far better that people would practice responsible methods of preventing pregnancies. This could be abstinence, natural family planning or contraception. They all should be viable options.

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