Earlier this year, The Catholic University of America saw its lawsuit against the HHS mandate tossed out of court by a federal judge because the Obama administration had not finalized it at that point. But now that the rule is finalized, it is decision time for the faithful Catholic college as to whether or not to renew the fight in court.
The Washington Times reports that CUA is currently deciding whether to reintroduce their lawsuit. Georgetown University recently announced they would comply withthe HHS mandate. The USCCB has, however, soundly rejected the Administration’s “compromise.”
“It still does not not sufficiently take into account our religious objection,” Larry Morris, general counsel for the university told The Washington Times. “We’re certainly significant facilitators” of birth control if they accept the mandate.
CUA president John Garvey has been one of the most outspoken and courageous voices in the fight against the HHS mandate including penning numerous opinion pieces in newspapers and testifying on Capitol Hill for the cause of religious freedom.
The Administration’s finalized mandate attempts to put what’s been called a “fig leaf” on the government coercion by stating that employees receive contraception, sterilization procedures and abortifacients directly from the insurers and not from the employer.
Time is short and a decision must be made, Morris told the newspaper. “It sure is crunch time,” he reportedly said. The mandate goes into effect next year.
Over 60 lawsuits have challenged the contraceptive mandate and while many of them were dismissed on procedural grounds, there have been some gratifying victories including Hobby Lobby’s victory last week when a federal judge temporarily exempted them from the mandate precisely because it violated the owners’ religious beliefs.
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