Company’s lawsuit could stop mandate within three months
A self-insured Catholic-owned business has filed a lawsuit that could potentially stop the Obama administration’s contraception and abortion-causing drug mandate within the next three months.
On April 30, Hercules Industries â€“ a Colorado-based manufacturer of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units â€“ requested a court order to block implementation of the mandate. Hercules is seeking relief from the rule before its self-insurance plan renews later this year.
Alliance Defense Fund Legal Council Matt Bowman said the mandate, which also forces businesses to provide sterilization and contraception, â€œunconstitutionally coerces the leadership of Hercules Industries to violate their religious beliefs and consciences under the threat of heavy fines and penalties.â€
â€œEvery American should know that a government with the power to do this to anyone can do this â€“ and worse â€“ to everyone,â€ Bowman said in an April 30 statement, announcing the manufacturer’s lawsuit against the administration.
â€œThe government shouldnâ€™t punish people of faith for making decisions in accordance with their faith,â€ commented Bowman. â€œThat is simply not acceptable in America.â€ [More]