Court issues injunction in archdiocese's lawsuit against HHS mandate

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis scored a court victory Monday in what proved to be a banner day for religious liberty in the United States.

They received a preliminary injunction from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in their lawsuit challenging the legality of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on health care insurance coverage the Church finds morally objectionable.

Specifically, the HHS provision in the Affordable Care Act mandated that employers, including many religious institutions, provide free coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations. Employers would be punished for failing to comply, with onerous fines.

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