Aquinas College has joined the Nashville Diocese and six other Catholic organizations in Tennessee in filing suit to block the implementation of the HHS mandate.
The lawsuit–which was unanimously approved by the Aquinas College board of directors and the General Council of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia–seeks a declaration that the HHS mandate is unconstitutional. The lawsuit also seeks to prohibit the government from enforcing the mandate.
Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P., Aquinas College President, said in a statement:
The Health and Human Services Mandate, promulgated as a Final Rule on February 10, 2012, has placed Aquinas College, and many other institutions in our country, in a precarious position. The narrowness of the religious employer exemption clause within this mandate seriously compromises our freedom as an institution to act according to our conscience. We are now placed in the position of having little choice but to proceed with litigation. We do this in order to protect our most fundamental right to exercise our consciences and our religious beliefs freely. We do so, as well, in an effort to secure for those who will come after us a way of life that protects and defends the dignity and freedom of every person, and of those institutions that are, by charter, pledged to serve all peoples for the building up of the common good.
The Constitution of this great nation established “of the people, by the people, for the people”1, clearly states the will of the Founding Fathers in the Preamble: to “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”2 Yet, within the constrictive measures of the HHS Mandate lies a double contempt for the common good, general welfare, and the blessings of tranquility for all peoples. …
A penalty that assigns to a certain sector of society the ‘un-use’ of its free, rightful expression of conscience is a burden that has never, from the foundation of this country, been imposed on individuals or institutions at the Executive level.
For this reason, the Board of Directors of Aquinas College has chosen, after considerable deliberation, to join those lawsuits already filed in federal courts which seek to overturn the narrow and restrictive HHS Mandate, a directive which compromises our First Amendment freedoms.
You can access Sister Galbraith’s entire statement here.
Aquinas College joins these other Catholic colleges in filing suit against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate: Belmont Abbey College, Ave Maria University, The Catholic University of America, Franciscan University of Steubenville, University of Notre Dame, and University of St. Francis.
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