Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. United States Department of Health and Human Services

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Description:  On the same day that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued its final interim rule protecting nonprofit religious and pro-life organizations from the Obama-era abortion-pill mandate, the commonwealth of Massachusetts filed suit to challenge the rule. The mandate forces employers, regardless of their moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs under threat of heavy financial penalties.

Court says Mass. can’t sue to obligate pro-life orgs to abortion-pill mandate

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor regarding a federal district court’s decision Monday in Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. United States Department of Health and Human Services that found Massachusetts isn’t able to sue to challenge recent HHS rules that exempt pro-life organizations from the Affordable Care Act’s abortion-pill mandate:

“All Americans should have the freedom to peacefully live and work consistently with their deeply held convictions without fear of government punishment. The HHS rules follow the Constitution, federal law, and legal precedents to protect freedom of religion and conscience. Because the court determined that Massachusetts doesn’t have a sufficient legal basis for filing suit to challenge the rules, it refused to strike down rules protecting the freedom of pro-life organizations, like March for Life, and religious educational institutions, like Dordt College, to pursue their respective missions.”

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and Andrew D. Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the court on behalf of March for Life and Dordt College in support of the current administration’s HHS rules.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Previous news releases:

  • 2018-02-28: Pro-life group, Christian college ask court to uphold HHS rule protecting them from abortion pill mandate
  • 2017-12-13: Pro-life group, Christian college seek to defend HHS rule protecting them from abortion-pill mandate

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