WASHINGTON, D.C., January 2, 2013 ( – Another religious organization has won victory over the HHS abortion and contraception mandate created under the Affordable Care Act. 

On Tuesday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Priests for Life do not have to follow the mandate while the Supreme Court hears an appeal. In a press release, Priests for Life expressed relief that the decision means that they do not have to cancel health insurance coverage for employees.


According to National Director Father Frank Pavone, the mandate “promotes the very culture of death that Priests for Life works to combat.” He also said the necessity of his organization's lawsuit's “shows that religious freedom in America is in grave danger.” 

The injunction comes after the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia ruled against Priests for Life on December 19. An emergency injunction was immediately filed, and granted by the Appeals Court.

Also on Tuesday, Notre Dame saw its appeal rejected by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Little Sisters of the Poor received a temporary injunction from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an appointee of President Obama.


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