At last some good news!
The Daily Caller reports:
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.