Victory for Georgia Catholic institutions against HHS mandate
Catholic World News - March 27, 2014
A federal district court judge has permanently barred the federal government from enforcing the HHS mandate again the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Diocese of Savannah, and associated schools and charities.
“The government's claim that it has a compelling interest in enforcing the accommodation against [Catholic Education of North Georgia] and Catholic Charities because it seeks to promote the uniform availability of contraceptive products and services is severely undermined by the exemptions to the contraceptive mandate that leave millions of women without coverage for contraceptive care,” ruled Judge William S. Duffey, Jr., whom President George W. Bush appointed to the bench, according to a report in a Georgia legal publication.
“We are pleased with Judge Duffey's well-reasoned opinion," said an attorney for the Catholic institutions, "and we believe it validates our position protecting a fundamental right of religious institutions to freely exercise their religious freedoms and beliefs.”
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