Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Catholic Colleges and Businessmen Challenge HHS Mandate

Matt Bowman on HHS Mandate: 'Every American should know that a government with the power to do this to anyone can do this – and worse – to everyone'
A self-insured Catholic-owned business has joined forces with two private Christian schools to challenge the   the Obama administration's contraception and abortion-causing drug mandate in a lawsuit that could be heard within the next three months.

Hercules Industries, a Colorado-based manufacturer of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units, Geneva College, and Louisiana College are all working with the Alliance Defense Fund Legal Council  to block implementation of the mandate. Hercules has asked for a court order 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, according to CNS and ETWN news.

“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.”

Hercules is owned by William Newland, Paul Newland, James Newland, and Christine Ketterhagen, all of whom – along with Vice President Andrew Newland – identify as practicing Catholics.

The Alliance Defense Fund said their lawsuit, Newland v. Sebelius, came from their desire “to run the company … in a manner that reflects their sincerely held religious beliefs, including their belief that God requires respect for the sanctity of human life.”

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