St. Louis Archdiocese Fight Against Contraception: Mandate Lawsuit Dismissed

Here's the statement in full from the St. Louis Archdiocese:

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis have learned that our lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal HHS Contraceptive Mandate was dismissed in court on January 29th due to the lack of finality of the Government's regulations concerning the Mandate. Accordingly, the court held that it does not have subject matter jurisdiction at this point. This is not in any way a ruling on the merits of our argument, rather it is an opinion that to litigate this issue when the regulations are not in final form would be fruitless. The Court's ruling demonstrates the Government's ill conceived issuance of regulations before they are final.

We maintain that no citizen should be forced to pay for or provide products or services they find morally objectionable, including sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. We will continue to demand that the conscience rights of every citizen are protected. We encourage Catholics and people of all faith to pray for religious liberty in our state and in our nation.

And here's the court decision.

Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Kathleen Sebelius

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