ON-Lion Letter
In mid-March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released additional details about its so-called "compromise" on the abortion-drug mandate.  With the announcement, according to The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., the administration is taking its fourth "mulligan" in the debacle over its abortion-drug mandate.

In the fourth Friday of such announcements, the administration said would solicit public comment for several options to create a new "insurance mandate" and provide a potential safe-harbor rule for certain student health plans.

"We do not need any more rulemaking.  We do not need any more comment periods.  We already settled this with that one original rule:  the First Amendment” said Becket Fund senior counsel Hannah Smith

"The administration's action is just another delay tactic," Smith continued.  "It's not that complicated.  Grant a wide enough exemption to honor the conscience of millions of Americans.  The First Amendment demands it."

The timing of the announcement is also suspect, Becket believes.  The administration knew that Becket's response to the government's motion to dismiss would be filed in federal court on the following Monday.  The delay tactic was designed to disrupt those arguments.

Becket is the first and leading law firm to legally challenge the administration's mandate.  In those challenges, it currently represents Ave Maria University, Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University, and the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports The Becket Fund.
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