Dioceses win injunction against enforcement of Obamacare mandate
November 22, 2013
The Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania, have won a federal court injunction to block the enforcement of the HHS contraceptive mandate.
Judge Arthur Schwab ruled that the dioceses, along with several non-profit organizations involved in the same lawsuit, should not be required to provide coverage for abortion, sterilization, and contraception in their employees’ health plans, as they proceed with their challenge to the HHS mandate. The judge’s decision, the latest in a series of rulings in different federal courts, increases the likelihood that the US Supreme Court will be asked to resolve the legal debate over the mandate.
Pittsburgh’s Bishop David Zubik said that he was “relieved, obviously” by the court’s decision. “If it has to go to the Supreme Court, I’m moving with it all the way,” he said.
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