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Federal courts issue mixed decisions on HHS mandate

CWN - December 31, 2013

In recent days, federal courts have issued split decisions on the HHS mandate, which compels most employers to offer insurance that covers contraception, sterilization, and some abortifacients.

Retired law professor Howard Fineman noted on the Religion Clause blog that courts ruled in favor of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Grace College and Seminary, Biola University, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, and Westminster Theological Seminary in their efforts for relief against the mandate.

Courts ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Michigan Catholic Conference, the Diocese of Nashville, Nashville Catholic Charities, and Aquinas College in Tennessee.

The conflicting decisions in federal courts increase the likelihood – already high – that the issue will be settled by the US Supreme Court.

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