ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision on contraception, the St. Louis Archdiocese has been granted a preliminary injunction so it won’t have to provide its employees mandatory birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Heading into a mass for religious freedom at the New Cathedral, the Archdiocese’s General Counsel Tom Buckley says the Hobby Lobby decision sends a signal on which way these cases are headed.
“The ability to conceive is not a disease or an illness that needs treating,” he says. “These are elective procedures and products that are widely available on the market.”
The St. Louis Archdiocese’s case was one of dozens filed nationwide against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the federal Labor and Treasury departments.
The Archdiocese and Catholic Charities of St. Louis sought the injunction before the July 1 start of a new coverage year under their employee group health insurance plans.
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