Supreme Court puts kibosh on Obama’s contraception mandate for closely held businesses

From our friends at Catholic Vote:

Dear CV Friend, 

“Deo Gratias.” 

Thanks be to God. 

That’s what a Catholic business owner who sued the U.S. government wrote me this morning following the Supreme Court decision. 

Specifically, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that closely-held corporations do not forfeit their First Amendment right to religious liberty, and therefore cannot be forced to comply with the HHS ‘contraception’ mandate. 

This means that thousands of private businesses run by Catholics and other people of faith are free to live their deeply held beliefs, and provide quality health coverage without the threat of crippling fines that could ruin their businesses and their lives. 


The Obama Administration argued that these business owners should be forced to pay for drugs and medicines that result in the destruction of marriages, women’s health, and most importantly — the destruction of an irreplaceable and innocent human life. 

Obama said: “Yes we can.” The Court said: “No you can’t.”

Today is a great day for religious liberty!

CV members played a big role in this fight, helping fund two lawsuits, amicus briefs, a prayer campaign, legislative lobbying, and a media blitz including videos and a social media campaign. 

Thank you! 

We are reviewing this lengthy opinion, and will have more to offer in the coming days. 

For now, we are grateful to God that the United States Supreme Court affirmed these fundamental freedoms under attack by the Obama Administration. 

May this victory ignite a movement for freedom across America. 

The freedom to live the Gospel and serve Christ and His Church. 

Deo Gratias, indeed.

Brian 

P.S. Today’s decision involves lawsuits brought by for-profit corporations. Non-profit cases on behalf of Catholic schools and charities will continue. CV will continue to be involved in supporting these legal challenges as the fight to preserve and protect religious liberty for all presses forward.

 

It’s hard to imagine that the Supreme Court wouldn’t render the same verdict for non-profit groups as well because they often have an even more overt religious affiliation.  Let’s keep praying.

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