Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, issued the following brief statement after being in the Supreme Court on Wednesday for oral arguments in the case of Priests for Life vs HHS.
The Health and Human Services mandate requires organizations to provide abortifacients and sterilization through their health insurance policies.
“This case consists of no less than 37 different petitioners: bishops, priests, religious brothers, religious sisters, lay men and women, heads of ministries, Protestants, evangelicals, schools, and individuals, including the niece of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, Evangelist Alveda King.
“Having heard the oral arguments, I am cautiously optimistic that we will have a 4-to-4 split decision, which may mean re-argument of the case next term. The Chief Justice summarized our position in his line of questioning by calling the government’s mandate a ‘hijacking’ of our insurance plans to advance its interests.
“The bottom line is that the government’s ‘accommodation’ does not accommodate us at all, because we are still left with the choice between following the law and following our faith. If religious freedom means anything in America, it means that no believer should ever be put into that position.”