ACLJ & Jay Sekulow Challenge HHS Mandate


There’s been a troubling decision involving one of the many legal challenges to the HHS mandate in ObamaCare which forces employer provided health insurance plans to cover abortion pills. A federal district court judge has ruled against the Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby and Mardel – companies that challenged the HHS mandate claiming the regulations violate the religious beliefs of the owners.

In its decision, the court concluded that the retailers must follow contraceptive health insurance rules that begin Jan. 1st. U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton said the retailers were “secular, for-profit corporations” and did not have free-exercise rights under the First Amendment.

This latest decision underscores what’s at stake here: constitutionally protected religious liberties. The: ACLJ: is aggressively challenging this mandate, representing three direct challenges to the mandate itself, along with filing amicus briefs backing challenges in a dozen other cases.

As I told Megyn Kelly on FOX News today, this decision is just one more example of the real division that exists in the courts on this issue. Our position is clear: the idea that companies must check their religious beliefs at the door is simply absurd. The fact is that business owners must be able to conduct their businesses in accordance with their faith.

The division in the courts sets the stage for further appeals and a road to the U.S. Supreme Court. That’s exactly where this critical issue is headed.

Jay Sekulow: is Chief Counsel of the: ACLJ.

Trending on the Web

Related Articles

1

Hands off My Sharing Economy

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced Tuesday that the San Francisco ride-matching company had hired David Plouffe, the campaign manager for

2

Despite a Partial Pivot in Asia, Obama Foreign Policy Still in Disarray

  For a president who hasn’t enjoyed many foreign policy successes lately, Barack Obama did pretty well on his just

2

Western Churches Neglect Causes of Radical Islam’s Rise In Africa

How did radical Islam become a legitimate threat in sub-Saharan Africa? Should we care? Perhaps, because one possible reason stretches