Special Coverage: Supreme Court hears Hobby Lobby HHS Mandate arguments

There has been a tremendous amount of coverage on the oral arguments presented at the Supreme Court regarding the HHS mandate.  This special edition of Catholic News Roundup takes a look at some to the best articles written about the case over the past few days.  By most accounts, analysts and commentators believe that the mandate should not stand.  But stay tuned, as this court has proven to be unpredictable.

News

Mandate cases prompt rallies outside court as oral arguments take place

The snowy, wet concrete and throng of reporters didn’t stop Fr. Frank Pavone and the Rev. Patrick Mahoney from kneeling down and praying in front of the Supreme Court the morning of March 25.

“We will not compromise our faith,” Fr. Pavone prayed over the roaring crowds. “We will not allow the government, Oh Lord, to dissect and define the beliefs of our religion. … We will decide what moral code we will live, and we will live it freely here on this soil in the United States of America.”

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Pro-Hobby Lobby side remains hopeful Supreme Court justices divided on HHS mandate argument

The U.S. Supreme Court contemplated the right of business owners to exercise their religious beliefs in the face of a government decree upon their companies during oral arguments in a case that is expected to have a long-lasting impact.

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Abortion fight haunts U.S. top court hearing on healthcare law

U.S. Supreme Court arguments over federal healthcare policy were nearly finished on Tuesday when Justice Anthony Kennedy challenged Obama administration lawyer Donald Verrilli on abortion rights.

“Under your view, a profit corporation … could be forced in principle to pay for abortions,” said Kennedy, often the deciding vote on the nine-member court.

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Supreme Court justices divided on HHS mandate argument

As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments touching on religious freedom and for-profit companies Tuesday, the justices seemed divided over support for corporations or the government.

“A divided Supreme Court seemed inclined to agree Tuesday that the religious beliefs of business owners may trump a requirement in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act that they provide their employees with insurance coverage for all types of contraceptives,” wrote The Washington Post’s Robert Barnes March 25, while adding that “it was difficult to predict a precise outcome from the spirited 90-minute argument.”

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Obama Admin Lawyer Was Surprised Hobby Lobby Case Had Anything to Do With Abortion

It appeared to come as a surprise to the Obama Administration’s lawyer that the abortion-pill mandate case before the Supreme Court had anything to do with abortion.

Deep into his argument about how the HHS Mandate doesn’t pose a substantial burden to businesses because for-profit business owners can’t exercise religion, the Obama Administration’s Solicitor General seemed to get stumped by the question at the heart of this case.

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Hobby Lobby Owners ‘Encouraged’ by Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Supporters of two companies suing the Health and Human Services Department over its “preventive services” mandate are “encouraged” by the responses they received from members of the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments.

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Women rally outside Supreme Court for religious liberty

Women supporting employers challenging the government’s contraception spoke out in support of a vision of women’s equality that supports fertility and women’s role as employers, as the case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.

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Commentary

ObamaCare v. Religious Liberty

The Affordable Care Act returned to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, as the Justices heard a major challenge to the law’s birth-control mandate. Five and maybe even six Justices across ideological lines seemed discomfited by the Administration’s cramped conception of religious liberty.

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The Obama Administration’s hostility to religious believers who disagree with the mandate

Leading up to and coming out of the oral arguments delivered to the United States Supreme Court yesterday, there’ve been a tremendous number of very thoughtful explanations of what is really going on with the HHS mandate which compels employers to provide health coverage for drugs and procedures to which they have moral or religious objections.

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Religious freedom under attack: what’s at stake in the Hobby Lobby case

On Tuesday, March 25, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case. In the days leading up to the arguments, two of the nation’s leading newspapers, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, ran pieces that illustrate what’s at stake in the case and why religious freedom is threatened.

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Why Hobby Lobby case matters — White House hides anti-life agenda in ObamaCare

This administration has successfully put “The Con” in contraception, by hiding an anti-life agenda in the construction of the Affordable Care Act and forcing Americans to fund anti-life drugs mislabeled as contraception.

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 Supreme Court Should Uphold Hobby Lobby’s Religious Freedom, Overturn Obama’s HHS Mandate

Across social media last week, some in the Twittersphere claimed family businesses fighting for a fundamental freedom want to impose their religious and moral beliefs on their employees. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The distortion is part of a fierce national argument into which the Supreme Court is about to wade. One side insists government must force all to agree with them. The other wishes simply to be left alone to pursue their own occupations in accord with their conscience.

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Ave Maria President Offers Commentary on Supreme Court HHS Mandate Case

Ave Maria University President Jim Towey describes the Obama Administration’s requirement of the HHS mandate as a “methodical attack on religious liberty” in a guest commentary column for the Naples Daily News.

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