“The court’s opinion today did not decide the issues in our cases. We are challenging the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on religious liberty grounds which are not part of today’s decision. We will move forward seeking vindication of our client’s First Amendment rights. The Becket Fund’s religious liberty lawsuits against the unconstitutional HHS mandate will continue. Never in history has there been a mandate forcing individuals to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or pay a severe fine, a fine which could force many homeless shelters, charities, and religious institutions to shut their doors.”
In response to the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act Thursday, Hannah Smith, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said that lawsuits against the contraception mandate will continue. Under the mandate, employers would offer employees a variety of preventative services including no-cost contraception coverage.
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