Appeals Court Grants Expedited Review of HHS Mandate

DC Circuit Court to hear appeal on Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College

Washington, DC — This morning, the D.C. Circuit consolidated Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius and Wheaton College v. Sebelius, and expedited their appeal against the HHS Mandate which forces the two religious schools to violate their deeply held religious beliefs of pay crippling fines.    Both the Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College case had been dismissed at the trial court level, citing their cases were brought too early after the government granted a one-year “safe-harbor.”   This appeal will be the first time a federal Court of Appeals will consider the HHS mandate.

A hearing date will be set after November 13th, following the completion of briefing. The briefing schedule is as follows:

  • Becket Fund’s Brief Due – October 5, 2012
  • Amicus Briefs Due – October 12, 2012
  • DOJ’s Brief Due – November 13, 2012

The Becket Fund led the charge against the unconstitutional HHS mandate, and currently represents: Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., Wheaton College, Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network, and Ave Maria University. There are now 30 separate lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate.

Stay tuned for any developments at HHS Information Central.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty  is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions—from Anglicans to Zoroastrians. For 18 years its attorneys are recognized as experts in the field of church-state law, and they recently won a 9-0 victory in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, which The Wall Street Journal called one of “the most important religious liberty cases in a half century.”   For more information, or to arrange an interview with one of the attorneys, please contact Emily Hardman, Communications Director, at or call 202.349.7224.


Additional Information:

Granted Motion of Expedited AppealUS Court of Appeals, DC Circuit

Briefing ScheduleUS Court of Appeals, DC Circuit

Wheaton College Case Page (Legal Documents, Resources, FAQ’s)

Belmont Abbey College Case Page (Legal Documents, Resources, FAQ’s)

HHS Information Central (all 30 HHS cases, interactive map, resources, legal documents, FAQ’s, and more)


One Response to “Appeals Court Grants Expedited Review of HHS Mandate”

  1. October 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm, Naima said:

    I have come to the conclusion that the Constitiution was wrtietn based on principles from the Word of God. These principles were put in place to protect Christians from evil men that caused them to flee other countries to come to this one and Worship the one true God as they saw fit. We were founded as a Christian Nation. The Constitution was put in place to keep evil and the evil in mens hearts in check. Any one who attacks these principles should be immediately held suspect.


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