Information and Resources
On this page you will find links to information and commentary about AFLC’s challenge to the HHS Mandate on behalf of Priests for Life. The mandate forces Priests for Life to authorize coverage for contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization services to the participants and beneficiaries of its healthcare plan contrary to Priests for Life’s religious beliefs.
On May 8, 2014, AFLC Senior Counsel Robert Muise presented oral argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, arguing that the mandate imposes a substantial burden on Priests for Life’s religious exercise in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the U.S. Constitution.
This case is the lead case for the non-profit religious organizations challenging the mandate similar to how Hobby Lobby is the lead case for the for-profit companies challenging the HHS mandate.
Statements of Support
“The religious freedom of believers of all denominations is under attack. Our family therefore joins in prayerful support of the Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate. As our Hobby Lobby case represents the concerns of businesses, so the Priests for Life case represents the concerns of the religious non-profit groups. Together, we stand against this injustice, and for the law of God.”
David Green, CEO
Hobby Lobby Corporate
“Our nation’s laws have long protected the right to freely exercise religious beliefs and recognized faith-based convictions as valuable and nonnegotiable. As an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan Religious Freedom Restoration Act enacted over two decades ago, I believe that the ‘government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion’ and that people of conscience should be respected for their beliefs and practices.”
Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)