In a press release yesterday, Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., reported that the U.S. government has filed an appeal against the permanent injunction from the HHS mandate granted to the College in December.
The Cardinal Newman Society reported last month that the College was exempted from complying with the HHS mandate, which requires insurance coverage of contraception, sterilizations and some abortifacients, because the College is self-insured. Co-plaintiffs such as The Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of Washington were denied exemptions.
The new appeal by the U.S.Government against Thomas Aquinas College's injunction will be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the College said.
College President Michael McLean said in the press release:
We remain confident in our case and we are disappointed that the government has stated its intention to appeal Judge Jackson’s ruling and thereby continue to contest our religious freedom rights. I ask all friends of the College – and all those who hold dear this first of our freedoms – to join us in praying that we at Thomas Aquinas College will prevail in securing our religious liberty.
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Thomas Aquinas College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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