Archdiocese of Washington Files Opening Brief with U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al.
The Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs filed an opening brief today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the archdioceseâ€™s legal challenge to the HHS mandate. By order of the Court, the case has been consolidated with Priests for Life, et al. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
On December 31, 2013, the Court of Appeals granted an injunction which prevents the government from enforcing the HHS mandate against the archdiocese and its co-plaintiffs while their appeal is pending. In other words, the archdiocese and its affiliates will not be forced to choose between paying crippling fines or facilitating the provision of abortion-inducing products, sterilizations, and contraceptives to their employees during the appeal. The filing today is the next step in the legal process where the merits of the case will be considered. The archdiocese and its co-plaintiffs are hopeful that the final disposition of this case will support religious freedom and rights of conscience.
For more information about the lawsuit brought by the Archdiocese and its co-plaintiffs, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., D.C. Cir. case no. 14-5021, please visit www.PreserveReligiousFreedom.org.