Dominos Pizza Wins Court Order Stopping HHS Abortion Mandate. Another victory this afternoon for liberty and the freedom of choice.
Founder of Dominos Pizza, Tom Monaghan has called requiring businesses, schools and other religious places to pay for such drugs a “gravely immoral” practice. Domino’s employees are offered health insurance that does not pay for abortions or birth control drugs that may cause early abortions.
In January of 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a mandate under the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that requires all employer health plans, provide free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections which the employer might have. The HHS Mandate went into effect on August 1, 2012.
Todays victory for Domino’s adds to the recent victory here in Colorado. Just prior to the HHS Mandate going into effect, Colorado Federal District Court Judge and John L. Kane granted a preliminary injunction on behalf of Hercules Industries in Newland v. Sebelius. The injunction is the first to be ordered by a federal court judge in litigation surrounding the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate under PPACA.
The court in rendering its’s injunction held that the government failed to establish, that it had a compelling interest in applying the mandate to these plaintiffs. The federal government has granted to many other non religious related employers, and could provide free birth control directly, as it does through other programs.
With the Colorado court victory as a preceident, a similar court case is ongoing in St. Louis, Missouri. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), is representing the Missouri company. “The HHS mandate is an unprecedented attack on the religious liberty of millions of Americans. It’s a clear violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment,” said the senior counsel for the ACLJ.
Though the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate forcing employers to violate their conscience by providing birth control and pills that cause abortions has been temporarily stopped today in a Federal District Court, there is no question the Obama Administration will appeal all the way up to the Supreme Court.
This is the fight of our time. Either this country will stand for religious freedom, or it won’t. And we will know the answer if the courts allow the government (by way of the HHS to brazenly) violate the First Amendment by forcing individuals to fund birth control and the abomination of abortion.
Once the government gets its toe in this door, nothing will stop it. The next phase is almost certain to be the forcing of Christian institutions to allow same-sex marriage or face civil rights penalties.
Via LifeNews.com: [emphasis added]
The founder of Dominos Pizza won his bid for a court order to prevent enforcement of the mandate while the lawsuit it filed against the Obama administration over the HHS mandate that forces religious employers to purchase drugs that may cause abortions for their employees continues.
Tom Monaghan calls requiring businesses, schools and other religious places to pay for such drugs a ‘gravely immoral’ practice and filed suit earlier this month in federal court for Domino’s Farms, a business development complex he owns. …
For purposes of the preliminary injunction, Judge Zatkoff focused only on the unconstitutional nature of the HHS Mandate due its infringement on Mr. Monaghan’s exercise of religion. Judge Zatkoff held that he did not need to engage in a separate discussion of Plaintiffs’ Constitutional right to the Free Exercise of Religion since both theories seek to protect the same liberty interest — the free practice of one’s religion.
The Obama administration is expected to appeal Judge Zatkoff’s ruling to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Zatkoff’s ruling halts enforcement of the HHS mandate against Monaghan and his property management company, Domino’s Farms Corporation of which he is the owner and sole shareholder.
Religious freedom aside, it is unconscionable that the federal government is allowed to force anyone to buy anything. But thanks to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ObamaCare ruling, that debate’s already lost.
Don’t know about y’all, but suddenly I got a hankering for some Dominos Pizza!
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(Via Breitbart Feed.)