July 29, 2014
Loading
   
   
HHS Abortion Mandate
Sort:  Keyword Filter:
Show only stories from year

Hobby Lobby awaits appeals decision
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Hobby Lobby's hopes for deliverance by July 1 from huge fines under the Obama administration's abortion/contraception mandate now rest with eight federal appeals court judges.
Tyndale wins again against abortion mandate
WASHINGTON (BP) -- A leading Bible publisher won another court victory against the Obama administration's abortion/contraceptive mandate Friday (May 3), thanks in part to the administration's own partial retreat in the case.
ERLC to HHS: Mandate is 'religious persecution'
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Obama administration's continued refusal to provide conscience protections in its abortion/contraception mandate is "a form of religious persecution," according to the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity.
Hobby Lobby gets boost in battle against abortion mandate
DENVER (BP) -- Hobby Lobby's legal battle against the abortion/contraceptive mandate received a boost Friday (March 29) when the full 10th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear the company's case. Such "en banc" hearings are relatively rare. In November a federal judge ruled that Hobby Lobby must cover the drugs in its employee health insurance plans, and in December a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit refused to step in and prevent Hobby Lobby from being impacted by the mandate. Under the federal government's mandate, businesses must cover contraceptives and abortion-causing drugs as part of their health insurance plans. The abortion-causing drugs come under brand names such as Plan B and ella and also are known as emergency contraceptives. The 10th Circuit said it will expedite oral arguments and will set a date soon. Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store, is owned by a Christian family who says the mandate violates their beliefs and their constitutionally protected freedoms. That family, the Greens, also owns Mardel, a Christian bookstore chain that also is part of the suit. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is representing Hobby Lobby and Mardel. "Full court review is reserved only for the most serious legal questions," said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "This case asks whether the First Amendment protects everyone's right to religious freedom, or whether it leaves out religious business owners like the Greens." Hobby Lobby and Mardel are self-insured and could face millions in fines if a court does not intervene. In January Hobby Lobby announced it had found a way to avoid for "several months" being penalized by the government. The announcement said the company had "discovered a way to shift the plan year for its employee health insurance, thus postponing the effective date of the mandate for several months." A specific date was not given. Hobby Lobby is the largest and highest-profile company to file suit against the mandate. The irony for Hobby Lobby is that while its losses have captured national attention, other businesses -- smaller and located in other circuit courts -- have been winning. Of the 20 for-profit lawsuits that have been acted upon by a federal court, 15 of them have seen opponents of the mandate win and the government lose. Among the winners in court is Tyndale Publishers, which prints Bibles and Christian books. There are more than 50 suits against the mandate. The issue likely, at some point, will end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. With more than 500 stores in 41 states, Hobby Lobby's owners always have made their faith a central part of their business. Their stores play Christian instrumental music and are closed on Sundays. Hobby Lobby contributes to Christian organizations and runs full-page ads in newspapers during the Easter and Christmas seasons with Gospel-centered messages.
Hobby Lobby: resolute in court, visionary for Bible's relevance
OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Hobby Lobby has been pushed to the front lines of a monumental battle over religious liberty just when the arts and crafts chain is aiming to open a Bible museum near the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
FIRST-PERSON: An HHS 'accommodation' for the naive
Columnist Penna Dexter says the federal government's accommodation to the abortion/contraceptive mandate simply is an accounting gimmick that still violates religious liberty.
ERLC joins more briefs on abortion mandate
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity has told two more federal appeals courts the Obama administration's abortion/contraception mandate violates religious liberty.
ERLC brief: mandate harms religious freedom
The HHS mandate's "amended definition would still fail to protect religious liberty."
-- attorney Kim Colby
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Obama administration's abortion/contraception mandate still fails to safeguard religious freedom, the Southern Baptist Convention's church-state entity and other evangelical Christian organizations have told a federal appeals court.
GuideStone: HHS proposed rule not enough
ERLC brief: mandate harms religious freedom
The HHS mandate's "amended definition would still fail to protect religious liberty."
-- attorney Kim Colby
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Obama administration's abortion/contraception mandate still fails to safeguard religious freedom, the Southern Baptist Convention's church-state entity and other evangelical Christian organizations have told a federal appeals court.
11th injunction issued against abortion mandate
ST. PAUL (BP) -- An appeals court has blocked enforcement of the Obama administration's abortion/contraceptive mandate against a Minnesota business, marking the 11th win by businesses or organizations against the controversial federal policy.
New HHS rule on abortion mandate 'inadequate'
"Having reviewed this proposed rule, we ... have to say we're extremely disappointed."
-- Kyle Duncan, Becket Fund
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Obama administration proposed a rule change Friday it says will appease the concerns religious organizations have about the abortion/contraceptive mandate, but legal groups who defend religious liberty called the proposal inadequate and said it fell far short of what is needed.
Appeals court rules against abortion mandate
CHICAGO (BP) -- A federal appeals court has once again ruled against the Obama administration's abortion/contraception mandate in a case that has strong implications for religious liberty.
ANALYSIS: Businesses' freedoms take hit
IN-DEPTH: Companies fight abortion mandate
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Chris and Paul Griesedieck know how to crush just about anything.

Previous Stories More Stories

   
   


 © Copyright 2014 Baptist Press. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use.


Southern Baptist Convention