While the Little Sisters of the Poor are fighting for our religious freedom, the University of Notre Dame (which gave to the most infamously pro-abortion President of these USA ever the honor of a Doctrate in Law – of all things), has submited to their honoree’s HHS Mandate.
In the South Bend Tribune we read:
SOUTH BEND — The University of Notre Dame’s [Shame’s] insurance plan on Wednesday started providing contraceptive coverage for employees, as required by federal law.
But university leaders are continuing with a lawsuit they hope will result in an end to that benefit. [Meanwhile, they obey. Why wouldn’t they, given their past?]
Nonprofit organizations with religious affiliations across the country were required to begin providing contraceptive services to employees on Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act.
Paul Browne, a Notre Dame spokesman, said Thursday that the third-party administrator for the university’s insurance program has notified employees that contraceptive coverage is available while the university appeals its court case.
“As part of an ongoing legal action, however, the program may be terminated once the university’s lawsuit on religious liberty grounds against the (Department of Health & Human Services) mandate has worked its way through the courts,” Browne said. [Anyone taking bets?]
Notre Dame filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana seeking to be exempted from the requirement based on the university’s status as a Catholic institution. On Dec. 20, U.S. District Judge Philip P. Simon denied the university’s request for relief from the requirement for contraceptive coverage.
But similar cases by other religious-affiliated institutions have produced different results in court.
On Dec. 27, district judge Jon E. Deguilio granted injunctions in two other cases, one brought by Grace College & Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., and Biola University of La Mirada, Calif., and the other by the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and several other groups including Franciscan Alliance and University of St. Francis.
The differing rulings meant Notre Dame was legally required as of Wednesday to provide the coverage, while Grace College, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and Franciscan Alliance were not, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Read the rest there.
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