Ave Maria University Applauds Decision for Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Challenge
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The following is a statement from Ave Maria University President Jim Towey:
“Great news today from the U.S. Supreme Court: The Obamacare regulations which Ave Maria University has fought in Federal Court since 2012 because they violate religious freedom will be decided by the nine justices sometime in June 2014.
People can disagree about the morality of contraception, and the government can fund these services to whatever extent it wishes, but faith-based organizations, whether non-profit or private, should not be compelled to violate conscience to carry out such a mandate. The Obama administration could have expanded access to contraception through any number of methods – using its vast array of community health center and state public health clinics, but instead it chose the most offensive way possible: it chose to force faith-based groups to be the foot soldiers in their armies of contraception. Now our nation’s highest court will look at the First Amendment case law and the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and decide whether such efforts by Secretary Sebelius and her zealots at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were lawful or not.
I am confident that our cause has been a just one – and I predict a near-unanimous decision in our favor. We’re proud to have led the fight on this and we’ll pray that our lawyers at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty prevail.”
Ave Maria University, which led the fight against the Obamacare regulations, has again filed suit against the federal government, renewing the University’s efforts to fight the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. In March, the U.S. District Court granted the motion by defendants (Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al) to dismiss AMU’s lawsuit. At that time, the dismissal was made because the regulations were not in final form. But since the regulations were finalized, AMU again filed suit. The AMU lawsuit remains in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.