Court Holds Hearing for Diocese’s Lawsuit; Church Groups Oppose Care Act
A federal judge will hear arguments in Casper on Wednesday about the Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne's request for a preliminary injunction to block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl will hear from attorneys from the diocese who claim the Act and contraception-related mandates by potential third-party insurers would violate church teachings. The motion filed in March followed their late January lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The plaintiffs also include St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish School in Casper and the Wyoming Catholic College in Lander.
The U.S. Attorney of Wyoming and the U.S. Department of Justice responded to the diocese’s lawsuit in April. The federal government said the the organizations don’t need the preliminary injunction because they are already exempt from certain requirements in the Act.
The American Civil Liberties Union also filed a friend-of-the-court brief opposing the motion for the preliminary injunction. The ACLU wants to offer the historical context of the many cases that have rejected the use of religion to discriminate against others. They also claimed the organizations' real agenda is to deny women's access to health care.
The motion hearing is set to begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ewing T. Kerr U.S. Courthouse at 111 S. Wolcott St.
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