Friday, March 16, 2012

And so it begins...

The consequences of the new insurance mandate to cover convenience items birth control is heating up on the employer front:

"A conservative civil rights group has filed a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of a Missouri business owner who says the HHS contraceptive mandate violates his constitutionally-protected religious beliefs."

So it's not just the Catholic Church that takes exception to this ridiculous over-reach, but for-profit businesses, as well:

"Frank R. O'Brien, a Catholic, is the chairman of St.-Louis-based O'Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC, which operates a number of businesses that explore, mine, and process refractory and ceramic raw materials."

The company's core values reflect his own, and the new mandate directly affects its ability to conduct its business in a way that honors those values. While the company doesn't discriminate against those who profess a different faith, Mr O'Brien feels that the "mandate would require business people ... to leave their religious beliefs at home every day as a condition of doing business in our society."

Why does HHS Secretary Shecantbeserious (and her boss, apparently) hate the 1st Amendment?

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