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Catholic school’s suit against contraceptive mandate is ‘not ripe,’ court says

Catholic World News - July 20, 2012

A federal district court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Belmont Abbey College against the HHS contraception mandate, saying that the case is “not ripe for decision.”

Judge James Boasberg explained in his ruling that he was not making a decision on the merits of Belmont Abbey’s case against the Obama administration, but that the school had yey not suffered any damage, since the mandate has not yet taken effect. With a year’s extension until compliance is required, the judge said, Belmont Abbey’s “injury is too speculative to confer standing.”

Judge Boasberg also pointed out in his opinion that the Obama administration has indicated a willingness to modify the HHS regulations. Thus the court ruled that the existing law cannot be adjudicated until future changes are taken into consideration.

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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jul. 23, 2012 9:24 PM ET USA

    The suit was "ripe" and ready to be judged. The judge's decision is overripe, as in rotten. Pray for a national change of heart so that this cannot continue to happen.

  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Jul. 20, 2012 10:08 PM ET USA

    Spineless! A willingness to modify the regulation makes it Constitutional? So if the FDA promulgates a regulation against kosher food, but shows a willingness to modify the regulation without taking any actual action, that is somehow ok?

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jul. 20, 2012 5:46 PM ET USA

    This is surreal. We have got to throw this gang of madmen out of office.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Jul. 20, 2012 4:54 PM ET USA

    Apparently any legal matter which might cause embarrassment to the Obama administration cannot be considered to be 'ripe' until some time in the indefinite future.

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