HHS mandate cases court will hear known collectively as Zubik v. Burwell

LEVITTOWN, Pa. — The following are the cases the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear in relation to the Department of Health and Human Services mandate that most employers provide coverage of contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs and devices in employee health plan:

  • The Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, both represented by the Jones Day law firm.
  • The Archdiocese of Washington, also represented by Jones Day.
  • The Little Sisters of the Poor, grouped together with Christian Brothers Services and Christian Brothers Benefit Trust; Reaching Souls International; Truett-McConnell College; and Guidestone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, all represented by the Becket Fund.
  • Houston Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, and Westminster Theological Seminary, also all represented by the Becket Fund.
  • Priests for Life, represented by the American Freedom Law Center.
  • Geneva College, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom.
  • Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mid-America Christian University, all also represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom.

All of the cases have been grouped together and are being called by the shorthand name “Zubik v. Burwell” for plaintiff Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh and Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who is the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Diocesan plaintiffs are including in their petition various schools, colleges and charitable agencies that fall under their aegis. For example, the Archdiocese of Washington is including The Catholic University of America.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Nov. 6 it will hear the cases. Oral arguments are expected to take place next spring.