Federal court strikes down HHS mandate for Ohio business

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Common sense prevails at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals — the second most influential court in the land.

The court ruled 2-1 in favor of Ohio business owners who objected to the HHS mandate, which forces businesses to pay for sterilizations, abortion pills, and contraception.

The Court said that just because a woman had a right to determine whether or when to have children, that didn’t mean the federal government could force companies to pay for such services.

(I mean, that seems obvious, right?)

Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote the opinion for the court:

“It is clear the government has failed to demonstrate how such a right — whether described as noninterference, privacy, or autonomy — can extend to the compelled subsidization of a woman’s procreative practices.”

By the way, Judge Brown was nominated for this federal bench by President George W. Bush. Liberals in the Senate fought and filibustered her nomination for two full years. But she was eventually confirmed.

Unfortunately, this ruling does not affect our friend, Catholic businessman John Kennedy, since he is in a different federal district. We’re still fighting his case all the way to the Supreme Court. 

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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