Friday, December 20, 2013
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WCN Staff)- The leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is praising a permanent injunction from a federal judge on Friday that blocks part of the Affordable Care Act.
The injunction prevents the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from forcing the Diocese to participate with portions of the health care mandate that requires religious employers to either provide contraceptive and abortion coverage. The injunction also releases the Church from certifying objections on moral grounds so an insurance company can provide such coverage.
"The ruling today affirms that fundamental and long-standing constitutional understanding of religious freedom," said David Bishop Zubick in a statement issued by the Pittsburgh Diocese.
The Pittsburgh and Erie dioceses sought the injunction saying it violates First Amendment rights.
The federal judge in Pittsburgh granted the motion to convert the preliminary injunction granted earlier this month into a permanent one.