Last week, a major victory for liberty occurred, but the mainstream media apparently didn’t care to report on it.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit overturned District Judge Callie Granade’s 2014 order that required EWTN Global Catholic Network must comply with the Obamacare provision requiring ‘contraception,’ including abortifacient drugs.
Under the socialist healthcare plan, the group was forced to provide, which many people recognize, is abortion.
The “contraception mandate” was part of a years-long struggle with the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, but a few things have changed since the earlier ruling.
EWTN and the Trump administration Department of Justice made an agreement in October, which said “the network will not be required to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients in the health plan offered to its employees.”
However, getting the court’s backing is a major protection for other, similar cases.
“Almost seven years and two presidential administrations later, the government and the courts have now realized what EWTN has been saying all along, that the HHS Mandate was an unconstitutional attempt to coerce us into violating our strongly held beliefs,” said EWTN CEO Michael P. Warsaw.
“This is the right outcome for EWTN and for all those who value religious liberty in America.”
During the Obama administration, the HHS mandate sought to force EWTN to provide contraception, including the so-called “morning-after pill.”
“In 2013, EWTN sued the federal government, challenging the contraception mandate in federal court. While a federal appeals court ruled against EWTN in 2016, that decision was annulled when the Supreme Court ruled that religious non-profit entities, like the Little Sisters of the Poor, were shielded by the U.S. Constitution.”
“EWTN was founded in 1980 by the famed late Mother Angelica and is the largest religious media network in the world. It provides programming in multiple languages to over 300 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories.”
“The network sought an injunction against the mandate in addition to finding on its constitutionality. The Attorney General of the State of Alabama later joined EWTN as a plaintiff.
“EWTN’s first lawsuit was dismissed by the federal court in Alabama, after the Obama administration promised it would amend the regulations.
“However, once the revisions failed to address the network’s objections, EWTN filed a new lawsuit and was joined by Alabama and its then-Attorney General Luther Strange as co-plaintiffs.
“In June 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade of Mobile, Alabama ruled against EWTN. The network was granted an injunction preventing the mandate from being imposed while that court’s decision was appealed.”
Many people think that the ruling is a major step in ensuring religious liberty in America, but even more so, protecting Christian rights, which for decades have been targeted by leftists and other powerful atheist groups.
Interestingly, the move didn’t garner much media spotlight, but for EWTN, the celebration is real.