Catholic groups win permanent injunction against Affordable Care Act
Attorney Paul "Mickey" Pohl, representing the Catholic organizations, filed a motion Friday seeking the permanent injunction. U.S. Department of Justice attorneys then filed a notice confirming that the judge has already found in the Catholic groups' favor, and that they did not oppose ending the case.
The diocese-related charitable organizations sued federal agencies and officials because they do not want their insurance administrators to be required to provide what they call "preventive services" coverage.
The judge wrote last month in his 65-page opinion granting the temporary injunction — now permanent — that he was ruling on whether "the government will be permitted to sever the Catholic Church into two parts (i.e., worship and faith, and 'good works') _ in other words, whether the government will be successful in restricting the Right to the Free Exercise of Religion as set forth in the First Amendment to a Right to Worship only."
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