A federal court has scheduled an October 16 hearing to consider whether to halt enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against Tyndale House Publishers.
The court scheduled the hearing in response to a preliminary injunction motion filed Monday by attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who are representing the Bible publisher.
Tyndale House Publishers is one of the latest companies to challenge the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Affordable Care Act (ACA), which forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties.
Others that have filed suit include Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby, Hercules Industries in Colorado, several faith-based schools across the nation including Biola University in California and Wheaton College in Illinois, as well as a group of more than 40 Catholic organizations that is being backed by the American Center for Law and Justice and 79 members of Congress.
“For NRB members, the central issue here is not government-run healthcare – it is government running over our First Amendment freedoms and the Right to Conscience that lays at the foundation of personal freedom,” commented NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright.
“Bible publishers should be free to do business according to the book that they publish,” added ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “To say that a Bible publisher is not religious is simply absurd.”
Though Tyndale’s explicit mission is to spread the Good News of Christ around the world, Obama administration rules say for-profit corporations are categorically non-religious.
According to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, there are currently 33 cases against the mandate and over 100 individuals representing hospitals, universities, businesses, schools, and people – all speaking with one voice to affirm the freedom of religion guaranteed in the Constitution.
So far, as reported previously, two cases have been dismissed by federal trial courts on procedural grounds and one on the merits. In another case, Newland v. Sebelius, ADF won an interim victory in obtaining a narrow temporary injunction against the health care mandate, a ruling that protects only the plaintiffs in that suit.
PHOTO ABOVE: Tyndale House Publishers President Mark D. Taylor speaks to Tyndale employees. Photograph courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers.
Published: October 11, 2012