Federal Court Halts Abortion Mandate for Catholic Ministries — Biden Admin Exceeded Statutory Authority

Federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle approved the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PDF), which requires employers to reasonably accommodate an employee’s pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

The Biden administration hijacked PWFA to add abortion as one of the “related medical conditions” in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rule.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other Catholic ministries, represented by Becket Law, filed a lawsuit against the EEOC. These religious employers do not want to make accommodations for the killing of unborn babies.

A federal court just ruled (PDF) that the EEOC “exceeded its statutory authority to implement the PWFA and, in doing so, both unlawfully expropriated the authority of Congress and encroached upon the sovereignty of the States Plaintiffs.”

The court issued a preliminary injunction against the EEOC. From Becket Law:

The lawsuit details how the EEOC’s actions follow a lengthy history of federal agencies misusing their authority against religious objectors.

The states of Louisiana and Mississippi had filed a parallel lawsuit before the same court, and employers in those states were also protected by the ruling. The federal government has 60 days to appeal the decision.

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