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Dear Friends,A court rarely grants an “en banc” hearing because during such a hearing all the judges on a particular court (rather than the usual three judges) will listen to an appeal.

This means the court is taking a very serious look at a case.

So it is very good news indeed that the Tenth Circuit granted a full court hearing on our Hobby Lobby case.

Furthermore, of all 52 cases filed on the HHS mandate only one such hearing has been granted.

I pasted below our press release with more details.

And, if you want to learn more, tune in tonight, at 10 pm EST, to “On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren” on FOX News.

Our great General Counsel, Kyle Duncan, will be speaking to Greta about the case and all new developments on the Hobby Lobby case.

With sincere regards,

Kristina Arriaga

Executive Director

Tenth Circuit Grants Hobby Lobby Full Court Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Hobby Lobby’s petition for en banc hearing, agreeing to place Hobby Lobby’s appeal before the entire court rather than the usual three-judge panel. The full court will consider whether to halt enforcement of the HHS mandate, which forces Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a Christian-owned-and-operated business, to provide and pay for emergency contraceptives, such as the “morning-after pill” and “week-after pill”, in violation of the religious beliefs of its owners, the Green family. The court also announced it will expedite oral arguments, with a hearing date expected soon.

“We are grateful that the court granted Hobby Lobby’s petition,” said Kyle Duncan, General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “Full court review is reserved only for the most serious legal questions. This case asks whether the First Amendment protects everyone’s right to religious freedom, or whether it leaves out religious business owners like the Greens.”

In December, a two-judge panel of the 10th Circuit denied Hobby Lobby’s request to temporarily stop enforcement of the abortion pill mandate. Now, nine 10th Circuit judges will hear Hobby Lobby’s case. Arguments are expected to take place this Spring.

There are now 52 separate lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate, which is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). The Becket Fund led the charge against the unconstitutional HHS mandate, and along with Hobby Lobby represents: Wheaton College, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network and Ave Maria University.

Additional Resources:

Tenth Circuit Order Granting En Banc Hearing

Hobby Lobby Case Page

HHS Mandate Information Central


Abortion Proponents Back Down on AIDS Legislation

Abortion Proponents Back Down on AIDS Legislation. Printer-friendly version.
2/28/2008. But the Mexico City Policy does not apply to AIDS relief legislation.
www.kofc.org/un/en/news/legislative/detail/547367.html – 28kCached

Large Majority of Connecticut Voters Support Religious Liberty

of the state’s Supreme Court decision in Kerrigan, which mandated same sex marriage,
the poll found that Connecticut voters want any legislation to steer
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proposed changes to state legislation in light of last fall’s court ruling to legalize
same sex marriage in the state. Page 4. Proposed Changes to Legislation
www.kofc.org/un/en/resources/communications/documents/poll_ct_409.pdfText Version

[PDF] We Stand With Peter Health Care We Can All Live With

According to the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the pro- posed health
care reform legislation, without amendments explicitly excluding abortion
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Knights of Columbus – Online Discussion

We need to have conscience protection language and legislation with protections
that would not result in mandated coverage for abortion.
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Addresses and Homilies | Knights of Columbus – 129th Supreme

stand as the last bastion that still holds on to the respect for the culture of
life and the unity and indissolubility of marriage in our national legislation.
www.kofc.org/un/en/conv/2011/addresses/phil.html – 28kCached

127th Supreme Convention | Knights of Columbus

to the 127th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus adopted a resolution
declaring opposition to “any health care reform legislation that does not
www.kofc.org/un/en/conv/2009/ – 34kCached
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Health Care, Politicians and the Catholic Conscience

By working and voting to include abortion coverage in health care legislation, several
Catholic politicians stand to be the deciding votes in forcing their
www.kofc.org/un/en/columbia/detail/549026.html – 28kCached

The Culture of Life and Public Policy

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, citing the teaching of Blessed John
Paul II, recently clarified that voting for legislation supporting abortion is
www.kofc.org/un/en/columbia/detail/2012_11_cultural_life.html – 31kCached
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Recommended Pro-Life Links

B. Anthony List has a remarkable tool that allows visitors to send messages directly
to their Members of Congress, asking for support of pro-life legislation.
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