Appeal Dropped Against Catholic School Over Obamacare Mandate

(Brendan Clarey, Liberty Headlines) The Trump administration dismissed an appeals case Tuesday against a Catholic law school over Obamacare’s mandate to provide abortions and contraception.

Trump Admin Drops Appeal Against Catholic School Over Obamacare Mandate

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The dismissal of the appeal, made by the Obama administration against the Ave Maria School of Law, is considered by many a victory for the school and religious freedom. They were represented by Liberty Counsel and Alliance Defending Freedom.

“The Obamacare contraceptive mandate seriously threatened the missions of countless Christian schools, hospitals, and other institutions that provide invaluable benefits to our country but could not compromise their fundamental beliefs to appease President Obama’s ambition to lead the sexual revolution,” said Liberty Counsel’s Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs Roger Gannam on Wednesday. “Bit by bit, religious liberty is being restored by President Trump.”

This comes after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released two new guidelines Friday, “that provide conscience protections to Americans who have a religious or moral objection to paying for health insurance that covers contraceptive/abortifacient services,” according to the HHS website.

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“Entities that have sincerely held religious beliefs against providing such services would no longer be required to do so. The second rule applies the same protections to organizations and small businesses that have objections on the basis of moral conviction which is not based in any particular religious belief.”

The changes came as a result of President Trump’s executive order on Friday, which required HHS to reevaluate the 2010 Affordable Care Act employer requirements in light of “conscience-based objections.”

“The Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall consider issuing amended regulations, consistent with applicable law, to address conscience-based objections to the preventive-care mandate,” President Trump’s executive order read.

The HHS guidelines are only for only about 200 organizations, ones that have filed lawsuits for religious or moral objections.

“The mandate as defined by the previous administration suffered defeats in court after court, including the Supreme Court, which ruled that the government cannot punish business owners for their faith,” the HHS website says.

Ave Maria filed a lawsuit in 2013 against Kathleen Sebelius, then the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, over the Affordable Care Act mandate for employers to provide abortifacients and contraception.

“Our school believes in living out our religious convictions,” said Ave Maria School of Law President and Dean Eugene R. Milhizer in a press release, when the school filed the lawsuit in 2013.

“The First Amendment protects Americans from mandates that require us to act against our deeply held religious convictions,” Milhizer said. “But the mandate leaves us with no real choice: We must either comply and abandon our religious freedom and conscience, or resist and be fined for our faith.”

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In 2014, the law school won an injunction against the ACA requirements, but the Obama administration filed for an appeal, the same one that was dismissed on Tuesday.

The dismissal is viewed as a win for religious freedom for organizations like Ave Maria.

“The Trump Administration’s decision to reverse the federal requirement for employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception and abortion drugs and devices upholds religious freedom for Ave Maria School of Law and other nonprofit organizations who cannot and will not participate in killing innocent children,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, in a press release on Wednesday.

“A Catholic university cannot teach students to stand for Christian values while it violates those same religious beliefs,” Staver said. “The dismissal of this case is a great victory for the sanctity of life and for religious freedom.”

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  • Maggietish

    It’s about time. Obama, the Democrats, far left in line fake news media we’re trying to browbeat and roll over any Organization of faith and the people who work there taking away their rights to practice their faith away they please. Anyone who wants abortions and birth control paid for them as part of their employment should not be applying for work at these Christian organizations.

  • BoneMan

    Trump just got my vote again on this one….Hillary would NEVER have done this.

  • bob breglio

    Too bad we can’t refer some of those liberal airheads for post-birth abortions. These people should lead by example 🙂

    • Lili J

      Read Unwind by Neal Shusterman!

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  • ScranunSlim

    The “Catholic” Kathleen Sebelius was a member of Mother Pelosi’s order of the Suffering Servants of Bread Not Bombs.

  • Louie Rey

    Notice how so many of the decisions that the Trump administration’s making are usually just the reversal, or elimination, of decisions by Hussein’s administration? And to think that mindless liberals (I know, I know, I’m being redundant) all prayed at Hussein’s altar. Pathetic.

  • Daniel Gray

    And now the subsidies are stopped because these came from an EO, NOT from Congress as the Constitution requires.. ACA is soon to be DOA

  • Bonnie Treitler

    trump is always undoing what obumer has done. what a useless piece of crap he was. the worse president we ever had. when he couldn’t get his way he just signed an executive order but if trump does it the liberal idiots are up in a roar. what a double standard they .have

  • John

    The freedom of religion and conscience trumps the flawed laws that interfere with it.