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5 Catholic nonprofits win injunction against HHS mandate

January 15, 2014

A federal district court has granted an injunction barring enforcement of the HHS mandate against five Catholic nonprofit organizations founded by philanthropist Tom Monaghan.

The mandate compels most employers to offer insurance that covers contraception, sterilization, and some abortifacients.

“The sheer number of exceptions” to the mandate “undercut[s] the government's argument that requiring religious objectors to provide contraceptive coverage furthers vital interests,” said Judge Stephen Murphy III, who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush.


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  • Posted by: bruno - Jan. 15, 2014 7:51 AM ET USA

    That's the first time I've heard this argument from the bench. Bravo! If you can exempt unions and governmental departments, you demonstrably have no overriding interest in opposing religious freedom.