Wednesday, October 08, 2014

District Court Carries Out Supreme Court's Contraceptive Coverage Decision In Conestoga

The U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby opinion handed down last June also applied to the companion case of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell.  Since the 3rd Circuit in Conestoga had denied a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the contraceptive coverage mandate (see prior posting), the Supreme Court reversed the 3rd Circuit and remanded the case for further proceedings. Last week in Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell, (ED PA, Oct. 2, 2014), the federal district court, in light of the Supreme Court's decision, issued a permanent injunction barring the government from enforcing the contraceptive coverage mandate against Conestoga as to those contraceptive services to which the company and its owners object on religious grounds. The court noted that if the proposed rules creating an accommodation for businesses asserting a religious objection are adopted, the government reserves the right to enforce the accommodation against Conestoga. Christian News reports on the court's action.