Missouri Roundtable For Life Files Friend-of-the-Court Brief Challenging HHS Mandate

MRFL Press Release

For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Missouri Roundtable For Life Files Friend-of-the-Court Brief Challenging HHS Mandate

St. Louis – February 28, 2013 – Missouri Roundtable For Life announced today that it has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a key legal action challenging the so-called “HHS mandate,” a regulatory interpretation of Obamacare that requires employers to provide health insurance coverage for abortion, contraception, and sterilization. Many religious employers have sued to challenge the HHS mandate on the ground that it violates their freedom of religion.

The brief was filed in the case Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, which is pending in the federal Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The brief argues that the HHS mandate imposes a grave burden on the religious liberty of employers whose religion forbids providing insurance coverage for abortifacient drugs and devices.

Hobby Lobby Stores is owned and controlled by the Green family, who seek to conduct their business according to Christian principles. The Greens believe that the Christian religion forbids them to provide insurance coverage for abortifacients.

“The HHS mandate represents an unprecedented attack on the religious liberty of all Americans,” said Fred Sauer of Missouri Roundtable For Life. “Free exercise of religion is a fundamental liberty guaranteed in the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights. Missouri Roundtable For Life is committed to defending the sanctity of human life. This includes defending the religious liberty of those who, like the Greens and Hobby Lobby Stores, adopt policies designed to foster and defend the most helpless in our society.”

The brief is available online Here

For more information, please visit www.missouriroundtable.org