Priests for Life Wins HHS Mandate Exemption in Court

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Demystifying liberal myth

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Dec 25, 2012
by Steven Ertelt 12/24/12

In another victory for pro-life advocates challenging the pro-abortion HHS mandate in Obamacare, a pro-life Catholic group has won a legal battle in court to get an exemption from having to comply with the mandate.

The new mandate compels religious employers to pay for and refer employees for birth control, abortion-causing drugs and contraception in violation of employers’ religious beliefs.

On Thursday, pro-life attorneys Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi presented oral argument in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn) in support of Priests for Life’s request that the court immediately halt the enforcement of the Obama administration’s mandate.

The next day, the federal government entered into a stipulation that it would not enforce the HHS “contraception” mandate against Priests for Life pending a revision in the rules that would protect religious liberty.

The agreement came as a result of the court strongly urging the government to enter into the stipulation.

If an agreement was not reached by December 21, the court indicated it would schedule an emergency hearing December 26, and attorneys for the pro-life group said it would have ordered the exemption.

Pursuant to the terms of the binding stipulation, the government agreed that it “will not take any enforcement action against [Priests for Life], its group health plans, or the group health insurance coverage provided in connection with such plans, for not covering in the health plans any contraceptive services required to be covered” by the HHS mandate.

In August, Priests for Life indicated it would openly defy the mandate if it did not receive legal protection in court. At the time, Father Frank Pavone told LifeNews his pro-life group doesn’t qualify for the narrowly-drawn exemptions in the mandate, so his organization will not comply with it and will run the risk of fines and other possible punishment.

“The unjust and unconstitutional HHS mandate, against which Priests for Life and 57 other plaintiffs have sued the federal government, takes effect today. We at Priests for Life do not qualify for the year that the government has offered certain groups to “adapt” to the mandate. And we are not “religious” enough for this Administration,” he explained.“But regardless of all that, we do not adapt to injustice; we oppose it.”

“Therefore today, on behalf of our organization and on behalf of myself personally, I announce our conscientious objection to this mandate,” he said.“Priests for Life has the highest respect for civil government and advocates the observance of all just laws. But this policy is unjust, and today I reaffirm our intention to disobey it.”

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/12/24/pro-life-c...

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#3 Dec 25, 2012
Perverts for Life win a mandate allowing them (the perverts) to deny women contraception which will result in more abortion.
pbfa

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Dec 25, 2012
Well, Morgana, that's how pervents like Frankie the tax cheat roll!
pbfa

Phoenix, AZ

#5 Dec 25, 2012
perverts*
Demystifying liberal myth

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Dec 26, 2012
Morgana 9 wrote:
Perverts for Life win a mandate allowing them (the perverts) to deny women contraception which will result in more abortion.
Deny women contraception? Last time I checked, a 28-day supply of contraceptives like Sprintec and Tri-Sprintec was available over the counter to anyone -- for $4 -- at Target and Wal Mart.

Are you saying that liberal, abortion-supporting women today are so hapless, helpless, and government-dependent that they can't take responsibility to buy their own contraception for $4 a month?

How truly pathetic.

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#7 Dec 26, 2012
Demystifying liberal myth wrote:
<quoted text>
Deny women contraception? Last time I checked, a 28-day supply of contraceptives like Sprintec and Tri-Sprintec was available over the counter to anyone -- for $4 -- at Target and Wal Mart.
Are you saying that liberal, abortion-supporting women today are so hapless, helpless, and government-dependent that they can't take responsibility to buy their own contraception for $4 a month?
How truly pathetic.
Not all prescriptions cost the same....buy a clue you phallic worshipping imbecile.

BC requires a prescription, the CC and most all the anti choice movement view women as nothing more than breeding machines and will do anything in their power to block them from being anything but. Their discriminatory practices against women are noted. I for one give to NO charity that involves money going to ANY catholic employer which now includes the United Way, and I am not the only one. Unlike the male authored bible, money is now in the hands of women not "just" men

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#8 Dec 26, 2012
pbfa wrote:
Well, Morgana, that's how pervents like Frankie the tax cheat roll!
Nothing but a bunch of money grubbing thieves :) that hate women.

“2014 TDF”

Since: Mar 09

Boca Raton, FL.

#9 Dec 26, 2012
Demystifying liberal myth wrote:
<quoted text>
Deny women contraception? Last time I checked, a 28-day supply of contraceptives like Sprintec and Tri-Sprintec was available over the counter to anyone -- for $4 -- at Target and Wal Mart.
Are you saying that liberal, abortion-supporting women today are so hapless, helpless, and government-dependent that they can't take responsibility to buy their own contraception for $4 a month?
How truly pathetic.
Did you bother to check how much the ObGyn who prescribed the contraceptive charged for the office visit, or are you folks also looking to have ObGyn visits exempted from the health coverage provided by catholics to their employees??

“2014 TDF”

Since: Mar 09

Boca Raton, FL.

#10 Dec 26, 2012
Demystifying liberal myth wrote:
by Steven Ertelt 12/24/12
In another victory for pro-life advocates challenging the pro-abortion HHS mandate in Obamacare, a pro-life Catholic group has won a legal battle in court to get an exemption from having to comply with the mandate.
The new mandate compels religious employers to pay for and refer employees for birth control, abortion-causing drugs and contraception in violation of employers’ religious beliefs.
On Thursday, pro-life attorneys Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi presented oral argument in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn) in support of Priests for Life’s request that the court immediately halt the enforcement of the Obama administration’s mandate.
The next day, the federal government entered into a stipulation that it would not enforce the HHS “contraception” mandate against Priests for Life pending a revision in the rules that would protect religious liberty.
The agreement came as a result of the court strongly urging the government to enter into the stipulation.
If an agreement was not reached by December 21, the court indicated it would schedule an emergency hearing December 26, and attorneys for the pro-life group said it would have ordered the exemption.
Pursuant to the terms of the binding stipulation, the government agreed that it “will not take any enforcement action against [Priests for Life], its group health plans, or the group health insurance coverage provided in connection with such plans, for not covering in the health plans any contraceptive services required to be covered” by the HHS mandate.
In August, Priests for Life indicated it would openly defy the mandate if it did not receive legal protection in court. At the time, Father Frank Pavone told LifeNews his pro-life group doesn’t qualify for the narrowly-drawn exemptions in the mandate, so his organization will not comply with it and will run the risk of fines and other possible punishment.
“The unjust and unconstitutional HHS mandate, against which Priests for Life and 57 other plaintiffs have sued the federal government, takes effect today. We at Priests for Life do not qualify for the year that the government has offered certain groups to “adapt” to the mandate. And we are not “religious” enough for this Administration,” he explained.“But regardless of all that, we do not adapt to injustice; we oppose it.”
“Therefore today, on behalf of our organization and on behalf of myself personally, I announce our conscientious objection to this mandate,” he said.“Priests for Life has the highest respect for civil government and advocates the observance of all just laws. But this policy is unjust, and today I reaffirm our intention to disobey it.”
http://www.lifenews.com/2012/12/24/pro-life-c...
"Priests for Life has the highest respect for civil government and advocates the observance of all just laws. But this policy is unjust, and today I reaffirm our intention to disobey it."

How trivial is this; G-d commanded you xtian hypocrites to obey man's law as you obey G-d's law.

But, I suppose that since you Catholic idiots pray to wooden statutes and get away with violating the 1st Commandment, for which G-d punished Jews in the desert, disobeying man's law is probably just a cheap shot by comparison.

I'm curious, however; why is it that you idiots think you've won the war? All PFL got was a temporary exception from compliance, pending further review of whether there is an infringement in religious freedom by the HHS mandate.

There isn't any.
Ink

Bensalem, PA

#11 Dec 26, 2012
Morgana 9 wrote:
Perverts for Life win a mandate allowing them (the perverts) to deny women contraception which will result in more abortion.
Is this going to affect you? If they get the exemption then I suggest that you don't work for a Catholic.

“2014 TDF”

Since: Mar 09

Boca Raton, FL.

#12 Dec 26, 2012
Ink wrote:
<quoted text>
Is this going to affect you? If they get the exemption then I suggest that you don't work for a Catholic.
Or you work for a 7 day Adventist, or a Jehovah's Witness. G-d forbid you need a blood transfusion.

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#13 Dec 26, 2012
Ink wrote:
<quoted text>
Is this going to affect you? If they get the exemption then I suggest that you don't work for a Catholic.
Then catholics should not work for any company that DOES provide BC in their healthcare coverage....right???
Ink

Bensalem, PA

#14 Dec 26, 2012
Morgana 9 wrote:
<quoted text>
Then catholics should not work for any company that DOES provide BC in their healthcare coverage....right???
That depends on their own feelings. All Catholics don't feel the same on this or other subjects.

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#15 Dec 26, 2012
Ink wrote:
<quoted text>
That depends on their own feelings. All Catholics don't feel the same on this or other subjects.
Just as catholics wish to discriminate, they can be discriminated against. Of course catholics are GREAT at hypocrisy.
Ocean56

AOL

#16 Dec 27, 2012
Morgana 9 wrote:
Just as catholics wish to discriminate, they can be discriminated against. Of course catholics are GREAT at hypocrisy.
Exactly, Morgana. The Catholic Church has HATED the idea of contraception available for ALL women from the time it was first introduced. They still believe women are nothing more than breeding stock for the church, and as you said, will do almost anything to prevent women from deciding for OURSELVES as individuals whether to be mothers or not.

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#17 Dec 27, 2012
Ocean56 wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly, Morgana. The Catholic Church has HATED the idea of contraception available for ALL women from the time it was first introduced. They still believe women are nothing more than breeding stock for the church, and as you said, will do almost anything to prevent women from deciding for OURSELVES as individuals whether to be mothers or not.
I just love the fact that they want the right to discriminate but kick and scream if they might find themselves discriminated against!! HYPOCRISY!!! WHY any woman would belong to that bunch totally blows my mind! It is SO simple to see that they absolutely consider women as breeding stock for their gain!

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#18 Dec 27, 2012
Ink wrote:
<quoted text>
That depends on their own feelings. All Catholics don't feel the same on this or other subjects.
Tough shit. I think an employer should be able to ask if they are catholic and inform them that contraceptives are covered in the healthcare plan and advise them to look for employment elsewhere in order not to conflict with their CC beliefs. I mean after all that employer may cause a catholic undo stress.

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