Victory for Catholic-owned company against HHS mandate
April 23, 2013
A US district court judge in western Pennsylvania has granted a preliminary injunction barring the enforcement of the HHS mandate against the Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company. The for-profit company is owned by a Catholic family.
“There is a strong public interest in protecting fundamental First Amendment rights,” ruled Judge Joy Flowers Conti, who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush. “Plaintiffs showed that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993] claim; they will suffer irreparable harm absent injunctive relief; and the public interest favors granting injunctive relief.”
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