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Class-action lawsuit filed against HHS mandate

March 13, 2014

A recently-formed association of nearly 200 Catholic employers has filed a class-action lawsuit to bar enforcement of the HHS mandate, which compels many religious employers to offer insurance coverage for abortifacients, contraception, and sterilization.

The Catholic Benefit Association is incorporated in Oklahoma and has filed its suit in a federal court that ruled favorably in the case of Hobby Lobby, the largest for-profit corporation to challenge the mandate.

“We as Catholics, regardless of the corporate structure within which we work, cannot in good conscience provide employees with insurance that covers contraception, abortifacients and sterilization, which undermine the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of human life and also jeopardizes the physical and mental health of those who use them in untold ways,” said Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City who serves on the association’s board of directors.

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who chairs the association’s board of directors, told Catholic News Service that “the CBA gives a vehicle for many dioceses that would not find it opportune to bring suit to do so in a manner that has a higher possibility of success.”


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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Mar. 13, 2014 7:40 PM ET USA

    I applaud and pray for their efforts. I hope that they save some of their energies to work for repeal of the whole law. It is a case of stealing from a shrinking majority to pay for a growing minority. Yes there are those that are unable through no fault of their own to fend for themselves. But, the rest need to take up their blankets and walk.