One HHS Mandate Case Dismissed, Don’t Read Too Much Into It - Catholic Action For Faith and Family

One HHS Mandate Case Dismissed, Don’t Read Too Much Into It

One of the numerous HHS mandate cases has been dismissed on technicalities. Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has commented on this action:

Today’s decision by a federal district court in Nebraska to dismiss one of the many pending lawsuits against the HHS abortion-drug, contraception and sterilization mandate is unfortunate (and in one respect, seriously mistaken). But the decision turns on technicalities and doesn’t decide the merits of the dispute. Bear this context in mind if you should hear anyone trumpeting this decision as some sort of “victory” for the federal government on the religious-liberty questions at the heart of the HHS mandate litigation. It’s nothing of the sort.

The lawsuit was brought by Nebraska and seven other states, as well as three Catholic non-profit organizations (a high school, a charity, and a mutual society), and two individuals. The federal court (senior judge Warren Urbom, a 1970 Nixon appointee) dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice, finding that none of the plaintiffs had “standing” – which means that the court thought that the plaintiffs hadn’t properly claimed any real “injury” from the mandate in their complaint.

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