ANN ARBOR, MI – In a letter dated June 21, 2012, the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, expressed his support of the Thomas More Law Center’s federal lawsuit on behalf of Legatus challenging the HHS Mandate.
The Cardinal wrote:
“I am especially encouraged to hear of your efforts to pursue litigation through the Thomas More Law Center. Your particular voice in defense of the business owner is a unique and important part of the efforts to defend long-held rights of conscience for institutions and individuals.” (See entire letter here.)
The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, filed the federal lawsuit on May 7, 2012, challenging the HHS mandate on behalf of Legatus, the Nation’s largest organization of top Catholic business CEOs and professional leaders.
Also joining in the lawsuit as Plaintiffs are the Weingartz Supply Company, a Michigan retailer since 1945, and its President who is a member of Legatus. The 42-page Complaint against the Obama administration was filed in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
The purpose of the lawsuit is to permanently block the implementation of the HHS Mandate requiring employers and individuals to obtain insurance coverage for abortions and contraception on the grounds that it imposes clear violations of conscience on Americans who morally object to abortion and contraception.
The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the HHS Mandate under the First Amendment rights to the Free Exercise of Religion, Free Speech, and the Establishment Clause. It also claims that the HHS Mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.
Thomas More Law Center attorney, Erin Mersino, is the lead counsel in the lawsuit. Joining as co-counsel is the Law Office of Charles LiMandri, the Law Center’s West Coast Regional Director and a member of Legatus.