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HHS mandate: court rules against Catholic business owners

March 06, 2013

A US district judge in the District of Columbia has refused to halt the implementation of the HHS mandate against Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics, two businesses owned by Francis and Philip Gilardi.

The brothers do not wish to provide health insurance that covers contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs, and have excluded such coverage from their company insurance policies for the past decade.

“The Court finds that the Freshway Corporations are not the alter egos of the Gilardis for the limited purpose of asserting the Gilardis’ religious beliefs,” ruled Judge Emmet Sullivan, a Clinton appointee. “The Gilardis remain free to personally oppose contraception and, indeed, even the regulations that are the subject of this lawsuit. Accordingly, the Court finds that the regulations do not impose a substantial burden on the Gilardis’ exercise of religion.”


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