PRLog - Jan. 29, 2014 - WASHINGTON -- On January 28, 2014, a unique HHS Mandate amicus brief was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court by three cancer research institutes, 286 Members of Legatus, and CatholicVote by Bioethics Defense Fund attorneys Nikolas T. Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee, and Prof. Patrick T. Gillen of Ave Maria Law School.
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The HHS Abortifacient Mandate violates the free exercise rights of individuals and business owners like the Amici Legatus members, business owners and executives who, like the owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, are denied their rights of religious liberty. The amicus brief demonstrates how this coercive government action fails to meet the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act requirement that it be in "furtherance"
The brief shows that the Government's claim that religious liberty rights must be violated in the interest of women's "preventive"
The research information presented to the Court was compiled in consultation with physicians and researchers of amici Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, the Abortion/Breast Cancer Coalition and the Polycarp Research Institute.
The brief was also filed on behalf of 286 members of Legatus and members of CatholicVote who object to the mandated drugs based on the teaching reflected in Evangelium Vitae, an encyclical by Blessed Pope John Paul II: “Abortion [is a] crime which no human law can claim to legitimize. There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection.”
Amici Legatus and CatholicVote members also object to the HHS Mandate because sterilization, contraception and abortifacient drugs must be provided for free -- "without cost-sharing"
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods and their owners on March 25, 2014.
READ THE AMICUS BRIEF: FILEDBDFHobbyLobbySCOTUS (http://bdfund.org/
LEARN MORE at http://bdfund.org/
Physician Dr. Angela Lanfranchi available for interviews upon request by contacting BDF attorney Dorinda C. Bordlee, 504-231-7234.
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