The legal fight over Obamacare’s abortion-pill mandate has become more complicated.
A federal judge in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction to protect Pastor Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Living Ministries organization from its requirements while a federal appeals court has ruled the law didn’t violate the religious rights of several Catholic organizations.
The issue is whether or not the federal government can require an employer to provide abortion-causing drugs even if it violates their religious rights.
The Supreme Court already has ruled that the government cannot order owners of closely held companies to provide the drugs.
The Swindoll case is one of more than 100 lawsuits filed over the birth-control mandate by religious organizations who have the same complaint.
Matthew Kacsmaryk, deputy counsel for Liberty Institute, which is representing Insight for Living, called the preliminary injunction issued by Magistrate Judge Don Bush “an important victory for faith-based ministries that seek to provide life-affirming health-care insurance for all their employees.”
He said Swindoll’s group “believes it is a religious imperative to provide health-care insurance and defend unborn human life.”
He argued that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the federal government cannot force a religious group “to choose between these two religious beliefs.”
Written by BOB UNRUH
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