Legal Challenges Mounting Against HHS Mandate

There are currently over 70 organizations involved in lawsuits filed in opposition of the HHS mandate.  43 of those just in the past few days.  In a story by  NCRegister.com on Monday, it was revealed that Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced that his discussions with the administration had produced no solution to the mandate and that he believes that the courts will be the only way for religious organizations to find relief from the mandate.

“We have tried negotiation with the administration and legislation with the Congress — and we’ll keep at it — but there’s still no fix. Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance; so we have to resort to the courts now …  Though the conference is not a party to the lawsuits, we applaud this courageous action by so many individual dioceses, charities, hospitals and schools across the nation, in coordination with the law firm of Jones Day. It is also a compelling display of the unity of the Church in defense of religious liberty … [The] diversity of the Church’s ministries that serve the common good and that are jeopardized by the mandate — ministries to the poor, the sick and the uneducated, to people of any faith or no faith at all.”

Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori, sums up the actions very nicely:

We turn to the courts who are impartial to defend our First Amendment religious liberties.

This is a complex issue, and there are many organizations joining the fight for various reasons. Here’s a list of the current (as of May 22, 2012) organizations that have filed or joined suit against the administration to overturn the HHS Mandate:

  • Archbishop Carroll High School, Washington, D.C.
  • Archdiocese of New York
  • Archdiocese of St. Louis
  • Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
  • ArchCare, Catholic health-care system of the Archdiocese of New York
  • Attorney General of Alabama
  • Attorney General of Colorado
  • Attorney General of Florida
  • Attorney General of Louisiana
  • Attorney General of Maine
  • Attorney General of Michigan
  • Attorney General of Nebraska
  • Attorney General of North Dakota
  • Attorney General of Ohio
  • Attorney General of Oklahoma
  • Attorney General of South Carolina
  • Attorney General of South Dakota
  • Attorney General of Texas
  • Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y.
  • Ave Maria University
  • The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Catholic Charities of D.C.
  • Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind.
  • Catholic Charities of Jackson
  • Catholic Charities of Joliet
  • Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh
  • Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre, N.Y.
  • Catholic Charities of Springfield
  • Catholic Charities of St. Louis
  • Catholic Health Services of Long Island, N.Y.
  • Catholic Mutual Group, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Catholic Social & Community Services Inc., Biloxi, Miss.
  • Catholic Social Services, Lincoln, Neb.
  • The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Consortium of Catholic Academies
  • Colorado Christian University
  • De l’Epee Deaf Center Inc., Gulfport, Miss.
  • Diocese of Biloxi, Miss.
  • Diocese of Dallas, Texas
  • Diocese of Erie, Pa.
  • Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind.
  • Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Diocese of Jackson, Miss.
  • Diocese of Joliet, Ill.
  • Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Diocese of Springfield, Ill.
  • Eternal Word Television Network (parent company of the National Catholic Register)
  • Franciscan Alliance Inc., Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind.
  • Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio
  • Legatus
  • Michigan Catholic Conference
  • Stacy Molai, lay missionary
  • O’Brien Industrial Holdings LLC, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, Ind.
  • Pius X High School, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Priests for Life, Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Prince of Peace Center, Farrell, Pa.
  • Resurrection Catholic School, Pascagoula, Miss.
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School, Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • St. Anne Home and Retirement Community of Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • St. Dominic Health Services, Springfield, Ill.
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Madison, Miss.
  • St. Martin Center, Erie, Pa.
  • Sister Mary Catherine, CK
  • University of Notre Dame, South Bend. Ind.
  • University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Vicksburg Catholic School, Vicksburg, Miss.
  • Weingartz Supply Co., Ann Arbor, Mich.

 

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