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Supreme Court Sends Obamacare Mandate Back to Lower Courts

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Today's SCOTUS action regarding religious freedom and the HHS mandate is another step forward in the cause of freedom, because the court did not rule against The Little Sisters of the Poor. But we are not out of the woods yet. 

However, we pray and believe that the government can pursue its objectives without forcing us to choose between following the law and following our faith. The case of Priests for Life vs. HHS is about freedom, and we are confident of final victory. 

Priests for Life, the first group of the 37 Supreme Court petitioners in Zubik vs. Burwell to challenge the HHS mandate in court, has responded to today's action by the court.
 
Robert Muise, of the American Freedom Law Center, which has represented Priests for Life in this case from the beginning, explained, "The court's action today continues to protect us from this unjust mandate, and from any punishment for not obeying it. It gives us a chance now to work out in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, whose ruling against us is now vacated, a solution that will continue to protect our religious freedom. As we have always said, because the very mission of Priests for Life is to advance a culture free from any kind of abortion, this organization continues to be a perfectly situated petitioner to object to the mandate."
 
Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, and also a personal petitioner in the case, added, "We are encouraged by today's development. The Supreme Court could have ruled against us, but evidently the Obama administration did not succeed in persuading them to do so. A split court could also have let the lower court's negative ruling stand, but again, they did not see fit to do that. Instead, the Supreme Court, upon receiving further briefings, vacated the lower court rulings, and offered the parties an opportunity to work out a mutually acceptable solution in the lower courts, that will both allow the government to pursue its objectives and allow us to practice our faith. We are committed to continuing that process in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit."
 
Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, and also a personal petitioner in the case, stated, "In April, we told the Supreme Court that if the government and the insurance companies are going to provide free coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives, they have to do it without any involvement from us, and without hijacking the insurance plan we offer our employees. Moreover, the government also told the court that modifications to the accommodation would be possible. So now, we look forward to the next step of this process, which we hope will find a more reasonable response by the government than we have seen up to now."


Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.

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Today's SCOTUS action regarding religious freedom and the HHS mandate is another step forward in the cause of freedom, because the court did not rule against The Little Sisters of the Poor. But we are not out of the woods yet.
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