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 – a Colorado-based manufacturer of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units – 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, “unconstitutionally coerces the leadership of Hercules Industries to violate their religious beliefs and consciences under the threat of heavy fines and penalties.”
“Every American should know that a government with the power to do this to anyone can do this – and worse – to everyone,” Bowman said in an April 30 statement, announcing the manufacturer’s lawsuit against the administration.
“The government shouldn’t punish people of faith for making decisions in accordance with their faith,” commented Bowman. “That is simply not acceptable in America.” [More]