Judge Dismisses Ave Maria University HHS Lawsuit
April 2, 2013, at 3:45 PM
By Tim Drake |
U.S. District Court Judge John Antoon ruled Friday to dismiss Ave Maria University’s lawsuit against the federal government’s Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate.
"This Court therefore joins the overwhelming majority of courts to have addressed similar challenges by similarly situated plaintiffs in concluding that Ave Maria's claims are not ripe for adjudication," wrote Judge Antoon.
"The Obama administration has bought itself time by promising to change its regulations and the Court's dismissal order explicitly relies on this promise," said university President Jim Towey in a statement. "If the final regulations that come out this summer do not keep this promise, Ave Maria University will be back in Federal Court with this lawsuit. The clock is ticking. In 274 days, on January 1, 2014, the so-called "safe harbor" protection the University now enjoys will no longer exist, and the Obama administration's contraception mandate will be in full force."
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