FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2014
CONTACT: Ann Conant
March for Life Education and Defense Fund
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March for Life Files Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate
WASHINGTON – The March for Life Education and Defense Fund filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate through the legal firm, Alliance Defending Freedom. The March for Life is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to protecting nascent human life from the moment of fertilization/conception, most notably through its annual march every January in the nation’s capital. This lawsuit is the latest case by a non-profit organization to challenge the mandate since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against it last month on behalf of two for-profit family businesses in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.
The mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy financial penalties through the IRS.
March for Life President had this to say about the case: “The March for Life Education and Defense Fund was founded to protect nascent life in the womb. Our organization must be free to operate according to this belief. The government should not be allowed to force us to pay for insurance coverage that covers drugs and devices that can cause an abortion.”
For further information, please contact Ann Conant with March for Life at 202.234.3300.
“As a proud American, it breaks my heart to see the government force businesses and religious non-profits against their will to carry drugs and devices which can destroy rather than prevent life.” – Jeanne Monahan
On May 8th, March for Life President Jeanne Monahan stood with pro-life leaders to support Priests for Life as their case against the HHS contraceptive mandate was heard in federal court. WATCH Jeanne Monahan’s comments below:
It has been rightly said that Obamacare is the largest expansion of abortion in the United States since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. One aspect of that abortion expansion is what is now infamously called the “HHS Mandate,” forcing all companies to carry the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives, including a number of drugs and devices that can destroy life in its early stages.
Tomorrow our Supreme Court will hear historic arguments on this unjust mandate forcing business owners to defy their deeply held conscience and religious convictions. Conestoga Wood and Hobby Lobby will fight for the religious and conscience freedoms which until now have always been protected in our country.
This is a defining moment in our culture! The March for Life will be speaking on behalf of pro-life America during a press conference at the Supreme Court. Please consider attending or participating remotely through social media and prayer.
Here are the details:
EVENT: Vigil and Rally at the Supreme Court
WHEN: Tuesday, March 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First St NE, Washington D.C.
We’ll be meeting on First Street, right in front of the court steps. You can get a map and more details here: http://standuprally.com/2014/march25
Please make every effort to make it out to the steps of the Supreme Court. The prayer vigil starts at 9:30 a.m., but many supporters of life and religious freedom will be showing up at 8 a.m. to counter-protest a big rally by Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates.
If you can’t be there yourself, please help spread the word about this hugely important public display of support for life and religious freedom! Get Facebook graphics, sample tweets and other ways to help right here: http://standuprally.com/2014/march25