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US bishops file brief in support of companies that object to HHS mandate

Catholic World News - January 29, 2014

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties, two family-owned companies that object to the HHS mandate.

“The Conference has steadily voiced its opposition to any rule that would require faithful Catholics and other religiously motivated business owners to choose between providing coverage for products and speech that violate their religious beliefs, and exposing their businesses to devastating penalties,” the USCCB stated in the brief.

“Employers are forced to facilitate the provision of coverage they find religiously objectionable, whether it be for the abortion-inducing drugs and devices at issue in this litigation, or also for the similarly mandated contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and related education and counseling at issue in related litigation,” the brief continued. “At bottom, the question pending before this Court is straightforward: absent interests of the highest order, can the Government force entities or individuals to take actions that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs?”

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  • Posted by: Kansas Girl - Jan. 29, 2014 6:39 PM ET USA

    Thank you, Catholic bishops! You need to hang in there and be true to your faith.

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