More Catholic Groups Win Emergency Relief from HHS Mandate in Wake of Hobby Lobby
As Breitbart News reported Monday, on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision was released in the case of Hobby Lobby, the Eleventh Federal Circuit Appeals Court issued an injunction providing EWTN Global Catholic Network with a reprieve from enforcement of the Obamacare HHS Preventive Services mandate. In addition, five Catholic institutions in Wyoming and Wheaton College in Illinois were also granted last-minute relief from the mandate.
The rulings protect the entities from being fined by the federal government for not providing contraception to their employees through health insurance plans. The Green family of Hobby Lobby sued the federal government for relief from funding Plan B, Ella, and two intrauterine devices – all of which are considered to be abortifacients. The Catholic organizations sued for exemption from all types of contraception.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the High Court has confirmed its decision in the Hobby Lobby case applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in Obamacare’s HHS mandate, not just the contraceptive methods under consideration by the justices in their ruling.
According to the Christian Post, a federal appeals court granted relief to these five Wyoming Catholic organizations based on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision on Monday: Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne, Catholic Charities of Wyoming, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School, and Wyoming Catholic College.
On Monday night, after its decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the U.S. Supreme Court also granted a temporary injunction to Wheaton College, providing it with relief from the mandate’s fines.
There are currently 100 lawsuits challenging the Obamacare contraception mandate.