ANOTHER FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUES INJUNCTION AGAINST HHS CONTRACEPTION MANDATE

Last July, Judge John Kane of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado issued an injunction forbidding the government from taking action against a company called Hercules Industries for refusing to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees.

Largely unnoticed due to the impending election, District Court Judge Robert Cleland of the Eastern District of Michigan recently issued a similar injunction halting enforcement of the HHS mandate against Weingartz Supply Company and its owner:

The loss of First Amendment freedoms, for even minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury … The harm in delaying the implementation of a statute that may later be deemed constitutional must yield to the risk presented here of substantially infringing the sincere exercise of religious beliefs. The balance of harms tips strongly in Plaintiffs’ favor. A preliminary injunction is warranted.

This is significant because it is the second such injunction that protects a family-run enterprise against the contraception mandate. As in the Hercules case, this plaintiff merely seeks to operate his company in a way that reflects his religious beliefs.

That right, despite the bizarre arguments of the Obama DOJ, is clearly protected by the First Amendment. So this is another win for the good guys. Let’s see if the Obama regime obeys the ruling. They have thus far shown little regard for the law in these cases.

Comments 4

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    Hi David – do you still think that defunding and opt-outs for women’s health services will win you the White House? Seriously?

    Posted 16 Nov 2012 at 4:36 pm
  2. Diogenes wrote:

    This will be difficult for you or any progressive to comprehend, Mr. Brown, because gaining control over the lives and money of other people is how you measure your piety. But there’s far more at stake here than winning back the White House or any other political office.

    Posted 16 Nov 2012 at 10:54 pm
  3. Marc Brown wrote:

    Diogenes, what’s at stake is whether a sect of bigoted older men can determine access to women’s health services – I take it you’re in this sect. Luckily for Americans, the majority won’t let this happen.

    Posted 17 Nov 2012 at 5:24 am
  4. Diogenes wrote:

    Even you cannot be clueless enough to believe that idiotic comment.

    Posted 17 Nov 2012 at 6:56 pm

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