Court Blocks Enforcement of HHS Mandate against Illinois company

Kathleen Sebelius, Barack Obama's HHS Secretary and extreme supporter of Planned Parenthood

Kathleen Sebelius, Barack Obama’s HHS Secretary.

On January 1, the HHS mandate will go into effect. The mandate, a part of President Obama’s health care overhaul, requires employers to provide health insurance that includes coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs. While there is a small exemption for churches, employers who object to the contraceptive and abortion-inducing drug coverage on religious or moral grounds are not protected.

Last week, Domino’s Farms Corporation filed an emergency Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order to block enforcement of the mandate. Meanwhile, the Hobby Lobby saw the Supreme Court deny its request for relief from the mandate.

According to the Christian Post, a court has now ruled in favor of a company seeking to have enforcement of the mandate blocked. A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. The Catholic-owned company was represented by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Cyril B. Korte and Jane E. Korte, both Catholics, own a controlling stake in the company. The Kortes claim that the mandate violates their religious freedom.

ACLJ Senior Counsel Edward White stated, “Our argument is clear: the HHS Mandate unlawfully compels employers such as our clients to do the following: abandon their faith to comply with the law, or follow their faith and pay significant annual penalties to the government.”

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