Christian Publishing House Wins Legal Contest Over Obamacare Mandate


U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary injunction on Friday to Christian Publishing Company Tyndale House Publishers, which prevented the Obama administration from forcing them to provide employees with certain contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act.

The particular contraceptives at issue are Plan B and IUDs. Tyndale sees both contraceptives as immoral as abortion as each works differently, they can both have the same effect upon a woman’s uterus that would prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the wall. Since Tyndale believes that life begins at conception, then they don’t see a difference between the use of these methods and a woman that enters an abortion clinic to murder her unborn child.

Walton wrote in his opinion, “The contraceptive coverage mandate affirmatively compels the plaintiffs to violate their religious beliefs in order to comply with the law and avoid the sanctions that would be imposed for their noncompliance.”

While he acknowledged that hte government has interests in promoting public health, including making sure that women have equal access to health care, he also said the question “is whether the government has shown that the application of the contraceptive coverage mandate to the plaintiffs furthers those compelling interests.”

He also said that the government failed to make their case that mandating that Tyndale provide these contraceptives to their employees via their health insurance was in accordance with the government’s interests.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Bowman, who represented Tyndale House Publishers, said “Bible publishers should be free to do business according to the book that they publish.”

“The court has done the right thing in halting the mandate while our lawsuit moves forward,” he continued. “For the government to say that a Bible publisher is not religious is startling. It demonstrates how clearly the Obama administration is willing to disregard the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom to achieve certain political purposes.”

Bowman also points out that the court wrote:

“the beliefs of Tyndale and its owners are indistinguishable…. Christian principles, prayer, and activities are pervasive at Tyndale, and the company’s ownership structure is designed to ensure that it never strays from its faith-oriented mission. The Court has no reason to doubt, moreover, that Tyndale’s religious objection to providing insurance coverage for certain contraceptives reflects the beliefs of Tyndale’s owners. Nor is there any dispute that Tyndale’s primary owner, the Foundation, can ‘exercise religion’ in its own right, given that it is a non-profit religious organization; indeed, the case law is replete with examples of such organizations asserting cognizable free exercise and RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] challenges.”

It is victories like this which give me hope that we can overcome the tyranny that is being thrust upon us in clear violation of God given rights that are supposed to be protected under the Constitution by the very politicians who took and oath to uphold the founding document. My hope is that others like Hobby Lobby will also find a victory in the near future.

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