Catholic College Opposes HHS Mandate

Facing significant fines

Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA, faces significant fines for refusing to comply with the Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate, saying they will not violate their religious beliefs because Uncle Sam told them to. 

"Seriously Catholic institutions of higher education have a duty to profess and live by the moral teachings of the Catholic Church," said Michael McLean, president of TAC, "This [is] so that they can bear witness to those whom they are educating, and to those who support their work, to the truth of the faith, and to their conviction that living the faith is the way to human happiness and human fulfillment."

Thomas Aquinas College has been battling the contraceptive mandate since 2013 when they filed suit with the U.S. District Court ofr the District of Columbia. They first won a permanent injunction from the mandate, but that immediately got appealed by the Obama administration to the D.C. Appellate Court, who lifted the injunction in November 2014.  

On August 25, Thomas Aquinas College filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, who then granted an emergency stay until they can review the case. They filed alongside the Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Should the Supreme Court rule against TAC or not take up the case, McLean predicts the school will have to "no longer offer its employees health insurance" or " move to an alternative Christian or Catholic health care arrangement," according to LifeSiteNews.

"Both of these scenarios will probably result in the College's having to pay significant fines to the government," McLean said.

"A favorable ruling," he continued, "assuming that it completely does away with the HHS mandate, will enable the College to continue providing insurance coverage which is consistent with its Catholic character as it has been doing now for many years."

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