A federal judge handed down a temporary stay in favor of the owners of Hercules Industries. The Catholic owners provide health insurance to 265 employees and have sued the government on the grounds that the contraception/abortifacient mandate violates their constitutional and statutory rights.
The judge agreed and noted that the government has exempted over 190 million health plan participants. The judge stated that the law poses imminent harm to the company’s owners.
There are more than 20 such lawsuits ongoing around the country. One such law in Nebraska has been struck down.
…A Colorado business owned by a Catholic family does not have to comply with President Barack Obama’s new healthcare mandate that private employers provide employees with insurance coverage of birth control, a Colorado federal judge ruled on Friday.
District Judge John Kane in Denver temporarily blocked the government from the enforcing the contraception requirement against the religious owners of Hercules Industries Inc, a private manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.
The ruling only affects this plaintiff but opens the door for any company to seek relief on religious grounds. Lawyers for the Department of Health and Human Services argued that a temporary exemption for Hercules would interfere with the government’s ability to implement the law. But Kane was not persuaded…