A federal judge grants almost 200 evangelical ministries relief from the Obamacare abortion mandate while their cases proceed through the courts.

The Becket Fund announced the ruling calling it an early Christmas present that came just more than a week before the January 2014 deadline that would have forced the ministries to either abandon their beliefs about the sanctity of life or face crippling fines.

The class-action lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate include all the non-exempt religious organizations providing health benefits through GuideStone Financial Resources of the South Baptist Convention and are included in the courts protection.

Attorneys are calling the ruling released Friday a tremendous victory for the ministries and for religious freedoms.

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