Light on the Legal Horizon for the End of the HHS Mandate?

At last some good news!

The Daily Caller reports:

A federal appeals court issued an injunction on Wednesday that temporarily blocks President Barack Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services from implementing Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

The mandate requires employers to provide their employees with health care plans that include coverage for contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

Missouri business owner Frank O’Brien, who employs 87 people at O’Brien Industrial Holdings, alleged in the lawsuit that led to the injunction that the mandate unconstitutionally infringes on his religious beliefs.

On its website, the company says its mission is “to make our labor a pleasing offering to the Lord while enriching our families and society.” O’Brien is a Catholic.

The order by the three-judge panel on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals prohibits HHS from forcing O’Brien to comply with the mandate, until the court issues a substantive ruling on the matter.

Previous to this, a lower court judge had tossed O’Brien’s lawsuit out of court.

So today’s progress in the right direction is a good reminder that perseverance is key. This represents the first time an appeals court has ruled against the HHS mandate.

The CatholicVote Legal Defense Fund has been active in the O’Brien case, and on December 17th a federal judge will hold a critical hearing in Michigan in another case we are involved in filed by Autocam CEO John Kennedy (see CatholicVote’s video here).

Now would be a good time to continue praying for the success of these cases aimed at defeating the HHS mandate and to make a tax-deductible contribution to the CatholicVote Legal Defense Fund.



  • Jinsky

    The HHS Edict of the Obama-Care Regime should be rendered a facially nullity that violates the Constitution of the United States. The litigation in court to contest this mandate seeks to vindicate the First Amendment.

  • Thomas Loo

    Keep it rolling! Obama may have broken some promises but he’s kept his “promise-cuity” or promiscuity by pushing the HHS Mandate

  • abadilla

    I still find it amazing, that even today, after the elction, there are plenty of Catholics who are unaware of what the HH Mandate is. How come we fight something we don’t even know exist?

    • Diana Hayden

      I agree. It’s like some people just are either very clueless or just don’t care…

      • abadilla

        I remember before the election someone interviewed people in Hollywood and asked them which lady did a good job in their debate the night before, Mrs. Obama or Mrs. Romney? People gave all sorts of opinions and at the end the man inteviewing them said, “There was no debate between these two ladies!” That’s how clueless those folks were.



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