University of Mary Wins Six-Year Fight for Religious Freedom| National Catholic Register

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A lesson should be learned: there is a time to fight, and the federal courts are often a favorable battleground.

Friday’s federal court ruling that protects Catholic organizations from the Obamacare “transgender rule” should be a huge relief to Catholic families, healthcare workers and medical educators. But the latter group is not getting much attention in media reports, perhaps because journalists don’t quite see the relevance of the rule to Catholic education.

In fact, there was much at stake for Catholic education in Friday’s ruling, which is why faithful University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, was part of the group that valiantly fought back against the federal government for more than six years.

‘We Had No Choice’

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Biden administration is violating the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Its implementation of the Affordable Care Act infringes upon the conscience rights of Catholic organizations without making a reasonable effort to avoid conflicts with the First Amendment. The rule forces medical facilities and programs that receive federal money from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to perform “sex reassignment” procedures, and religious organizations are not exempted. Any employer receiving HHS funds must also cover such “sex reassignment” procedures as well as abortion and sterilization in their employee health insurance plans.

University of Mary Wins Six-Year Fight for Religious Freedom| National Catholic Register

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