Belmont Abbey College Update

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For Immediate Release: July 18, 2012

“Yesterday’s decision in the Belmont Abbey College case was on technical grounds: the judge thinks that the case should be delayed for a matter of months to give HHS time to fix the Mandate.  The decision says nothing about the merits of Belmont Abbey’s religious freedom claims, and has no effect on any of the 22 other cases currently pending in federal court.  It simply delays Belmont Abbey College’s ability to challenge the Mandate for a few months, and the court made clear we have the right to re-file the case if HHS does not fix the problem.  We are reviewing the decision and considering our options, but one thing is clear: Belmont Abbey College and the Becket Fund will continue the fight for religious liberty, even if this case is delayed for a few months” — Hannah Smith, Senior Legal Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

UPDATE July 23 ,2012: Becket Fund files Motion to Reconsider


Additional Information:

Becket Fund’s Motion to Reconsider (July 23, 2012)

Judge Boasberg’s Opinion (July 18, 2012)

Becket Fund’s Response to Motion to Dismiss (April 23, 2012)

DOJ’s Motion to Dismiss (February 16, 2012)

Becket Fund’s Complaint (November 10, 2011)

Belmont Abbey’s Case Page

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