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Family businesses win victory in appeals court decision on HHS suit


SEAN GALLAGHER

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Catholic News Service
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Media/Opinion
Date:
11/12/2013

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ABSTRACTCNS STORY: Family businesses win victory in appeals court decision on HHS suit Home    |    About Us    |    Contacts    |    Products        News Items   Top Stories   News Briefs   Vatican   Origins   Africa   Headlines   Also Featuring   Movie Reviews   Sunday Scripture   CNS Blog   Links to Clients   Major Events   2008 papal visit   World Youth Day   John Paul II   For Clients   Client Login   CNS Insider   We're also on ...   Facebook   Twitter   RSS Feeds   Top Stories   Vatican   Movie Reviews   CNS Blog .   For More Info  If you would like  more information  about Catholic  News Service,  please contact  CNS at one of  the following:  cns@  catholicnews.com  or  (202) 541-3250 .   Copyright  This material  may not  be published,  broadcast,  rewritten or  otherwise  distributed,  except by  linking to  a page on  this site. .   CNS Story: HHS-GROTE Nov-12-2013 (780 words) xxxn Family businesses win victory in appeals court decision on HHS suit By Sean Gallagher Catholic News Service INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- A Catholic family in Madison that owns a vehicle lighting manufacturing company won an important religious liberty victory in a Nov. 8 ruling handed down by a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Judge Diane Sykes, writing the majority opinion in the 2-1 decision, said that members of the Grote family and Grote Industries, which they own, cannot be compelled to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilizations and contraceptives to their employees in their company health plan as required under the Affordable Care Act. The suit challenged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate in the health care law that requires most employers to provide such coverage even if they have moral objections to it. "We hold that the plaintiffs -- the business owners and their companies -- may challenge the mandate," Sykes wrote. "We further hold that compelling them to cover these services substantially burdens their religious exercise rights." The Grotes' case was combined with a similar suit filed by members of the Korte family of Highland, Ill., who own a contracting company there. Like the Grotes, the Kortes are Catholic and object on moral grounds to the HHS mandate. The mandate does not include conscience protections. The Grote family originally filed suit Oct. 30, 2012, in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana in New Albany. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker denied the Grotes relief from the mandate in a decision handed down Dec. 27, 2012. The Grotes then appealed to the 7th Circuit earlier this year, and were granted a preliminary injunction against the mandate Jan. 30. Oral arguments were made before a three-judge panel May 22. The decision of the panel i.......