One of the disputed aspects of ObamaCare is the mandate that forces religious organizations to violate their religious principles in providing abortion and contraception services to their employees. The mandate has been challenged both by religious organizations and by corporations owned or run by people whose religious belief prohibits either contraception or abortion.
CBN News reported today that a number of religious organizations have been successful in obtaining relief from that mandate through the court system.
The article reports:
A federal judge grants almost 200 evangelical ministries relief from the Obamacare abortion mandate while their cases proceed through the courts.
The Becket Fund announced the ruling calling it an early Christmas present that came just more than a week before the January 2014 deadline that would have forced the ministries to either abandon their beliefs about the sanctity of life or face crippling fines.
The class-action lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate include all the non-exempt religious organizations providing health benefits through GuideStone Financial Resources of the South Baptist Convention and are included in the courts protection.
There is little doubt that the question of whether or not religious organizations should be forced to provide insurance for these services will eventually reach the Supreme Court. It will be interesting to see what the Supreme Court decides.