The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta has joined dozens of other religious institutions to have filed lawsuits seeking to overturn the so-called birth control mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The archdiocese’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, said the institution seeks to vindicate one of the country’s most fundamental freedoms — the right to practice one’s religion without governmental interference. The government is trying to penalize all Catholic entities that refuse to pay for or facilitate access to abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, the suit said.
Christ the King Catholic School, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Savannah are also plaintiffs in the litigation. It was filed against the Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services departments.
“We are undertaking this action because the stakes are so incredibly high,” Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, said. “… The unchallenged results of the [Health and Human Services] mandate would require that we compromise or violate our religious faith and ethical beliefs.”
AJC, "Archdiocese files suit" Of course the Obama administration would say they required birth control because it was the right thing to do . . .