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Obama Administration Court Defends HHS Mandate, Cites Compliance at Notre Dame

The Obama administration has responded to the University of Notre Dame’s request for injunctive relief from the HHS mandate, according to Life News.

The University, which announced last month that it would comply with the mandate even while it continued to fight it in court, was earlier denied relief by the 7th Circuit.  But in light of the stay granted to other religious organizations including Christian Brothers Services and the Little Sisters of the Poor, Notre Dame re-filed its petition.

In its response, the Justice Department reportedly argued that the facts in this case are different from the others and even pointed to the University’s decision to comply with the mandate as a reason to refuse the stay.

“Employees and other beneficiaries are currently receiving contraceptive coverage,” Justice Department officials argued, adding that the University “offers no reason why this Court should disrupt the status quo by entering an injunction pending appeal while it is considering the merits of the appeal on a highly expedited basis.”

The case will reportedly be argued before the 7th Circuit this week.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case against the HHS mandate brought by Hobby Lobby, a for-profit business. That case will be heard next month.

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