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Priests for Life wins emergency relief from the unjust HHS Obamacare mandate

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On Tuesday, an emergency injunction was granted at 5 p.m. by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that Priests for Life will not have to obey the contraception mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act as its appeal is being heard.

Furthermore, the injunction means that Priests for Life will not have to cancel health insurance for its employees on Wednesday.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said in a released to the various media outlets through an email said he is grateful that his organization is free, temporarily at least, from having to comply with the unjust mandate or face steep fines by failing to comply when the ministry’s new insurance policy goes into effect on Wednesday.

“We would not have complied with this mandate in any case, as it promotes the very culture of death that Priests for Life works to combat,” Father Pavone said. “We are grateful for this temporary relief and look forward to a permanent injunction once the appeal is fully heard.”

“Our lawsuit was among the very first ones in the country and the necessity to launch it shows that religious freedom in America is in grave danger. We have to take action.”

On Dec. 19, Priests for Life learned that the judge in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia had ruled in favor of the government.

Within an hour, Priests for Life filed for the emergency injunction that was granted on Tuesday.

Father Pavone said that what the Obama administration has tried to do through the HHS mandate – which he called a “blatant act of tyranny” – is to give the federal government the power to determine what is and what isn’t important in an individual’s religion; that is not the government's role.

Father Pavone concluded, “There have already been significant victories in the courts against the HHS mandate, and we have no doubt that Priests for Life ultimately will prevail in this historic fight.”

On December 10, 2013, the Paulding County Republican Examiner reported that in August 2013, the national pro-life ministry, the American Freedom Law Center filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the Obamacare mandate that Priests for Life’s insurance plan must provide contraception, abortifacients and sterilization services to its employees.

The lawsuit challenges the regulations that it violates the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by forcing religious organizations to violate their religious beliefs when it comes to abortions and those medical procedures in relation to abortion.

At that time, the imminent ruling would mean that Priests for Life’s will be among the first cases to receive a ruling on the merits of the arguments as applied to religious groups.

Nevertheless, Priests for Life will be testing the constitutional bounds of the Obama administrations intent on forcing religious organizations to violate biblical doctrine and the constitutional rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that are rightfully granted to every legal U.S. citizen, including the unborn.

Father Pavone said that what the Obama administration has tried to do through the HHS mandate – which he called a “blatant act of tyranny” – is to give the federal government the power to determine what is and what isn’t important in an individual’s religion; that is not the government's role.

Father Pavone concluded, “There have already been significant victories in the courts against the HHS mandate, and we have no doubt that Priests for Life ultimately will prevail in this historic fight.”

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