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EWTN Granted Injunctive Relief in HHS Mandate Case- Court of Appeals Acts Following Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has granted the EWTN Global Catholic Network an injunction preventing the government from enforcing the HHS contraceptive services mandate against the Network. The appeals court released its twenty-nine page order just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The injunction allows EWTN to continue its court challenge of the mandate without incurring the fines of $35,000 per day that would have begun on July 1.


"This has been a very good day for religious liberty in America," said EWTN Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. "The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was a great affirmation of the constitutional right to freedom of religious expression. While the Hobby Lobby decision did not directly resolve EWTN's case, this afternoon's injunction from the appellate court allows us to press forward without facing the government's crushing fines.


"As we have said repeatedly, contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and voluntary sterilization are not health care and the government should not force EWTN to provide them as part of our employer-sponsored health plan.


"The Hobby Lobby decision recognizes that business owners don't give up their religious freedom when they start a business," continued Warsaw. "The fact that the Supreme Court believes that the government has an obligation to use the least restrictive means of accomplishing its goals is very helpful to the EWTN case. EWTN has raised similar arguments with regard to the government's 'accommodation' scheme for faith-based organizations. We are both relieved and encouraged by the action taken by the courts today and look forward to making our case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the coming months."


EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd year, is available in over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

 

(Ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals)

Statement of Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network on June 27, 2014 Filing with the US Supreme Court

Irondale, AL (EWTN) –"This evening, EWTN filed a motion for emergency relief with the United States Supreme Court asking that it grant an injunction preventing the government from enforcing the HHS contraceptive services mandate against the Network starting on July 1st. The Network had requested this protection from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, but that court has yet to respond to our petition. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will grant EWTN protection from this onerous rule that would force us to provide contraception and abortion-inducing drugs as part of our employee health plan. As we have said repeatedly, these drugs and procedures are not health care and EWTN should not be forced to provide them or face over $35,000 per day in penalties to the government for refusing to do so. In addition to our request for an emergency injunction, the Network is also filing a motion asking the Supreme Court to take up the full merits of our case. We believe that the issues at stake are deserving of direct consideration by the highest court of the land.


On Monday, the Supreme Court will issue its decision in the Hobby Lobby case. It is not certain that a decision in favor of Hobby Lobby will actually settle the matter for EWTN or other nonprofit organizations. Similarly, it is not certain that a negative decision in that case would apply to EWTN. Therefore, we felt it important to move our own case forward now while we await the verdict in the Hobby Lobby case.


We ask our EWTN Family to continue to keep this matter in prayer."

Catholic News Agency and ACI Prensa Group Merge Into EWTN

Irondale, AL (EWTN) –The Denver-based Catholic News Agency (CNA) and its sister organization, ACI Prensa, the world's largest Spanish-language Catholic news organization with headquarters in Lima, Peru have become part of the EWTN Global Catholic Network...

Statement of Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network, in response to today's decision by Judge Callie V.S. Granade of Mobile, Ala. denying EWTN protection from the government mandate that it must provide coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization as part of its employee health care coverage

Irondale, AL (EWTN) –"We are extremely disappointed with the decision reached by the court in this case. The opinion issued is clearly inconsistent with the decisions reached in nearly all of the cases decided to date. The fact that the court has dismissed the serious issues of conscience and religious freedom that EWTN has raised is very troubling.

As an organization that was founded by Mother Angelica to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church, we do not believe that contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and voluntary sterilization should be defined as health care. We simply cannot facilitate these immoral practices. We have no other option but to continue our legal challenge of the mandate. We are making an immediate appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta."

EWTN's News Teams Will Be Live in Rome For The April Canonization of Two Popes

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network's news teams will be on the ground in Rome for the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Coverage will be available around the world in English, Spanish, and German and on all platforms. The highlight of Team EWTN's coverage will be the Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. The Mass is scheduled to air live at 3:30 a.m. ET Sunday ..

EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network To Air Exclusive Pre-Canonization Specials

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – Looking for experienced and knowledgeable coverage of the canonizations of two Popes in Rome on April 26? Look no further than EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Joan Lewis and "Catholic Connection" Host Teresa Tomeo, two fabulous women of EWTN who will be on the ground in Rome with up-to-the-minute coverage of the canonizations you ..

EWTN To Air Divine Mercy Events On Same Day "Mercy Pope" Will Be Canonized

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – If not for the support of soon-to-be St. John Paul II, the Divine Mercy devotion might never have been officially approved by the Catholic Church. It is fitting, therefore, that the late Pope, also known as ..

EWTN's Pre-Canonization Lineup Will Include A Special from L.A. With Archbishop Gomez And Scores of Movies, Documentaries & More

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – Two towering figures in Catholicism -- Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII – are about to be canonized and only EWTN Global Catholic Network will air the specials, documentaries, movies, series and more that will help you understand just why these men are so important to Catholics around the world. ..

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