Argues religious exemptions don’t apply to abortion pill mandate
Attorneys for the Obama administration have explained to a federal appeals court that ordering company owners to violate their faith by paying for abortion pills does not amount to a significant “burden” at all.
The opinion comes from Stuart R. Delery, John F. Walsh, Beth C. Brinkmann, Mark B. Stern and Alisa B. Klein, all of whom are attorneys listed on the arguments submitted to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case brought by the Newland family and their company, Hercules Industries, against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the pro-abortion former governor of Kansas.
A district judge ordered that the new abortifacient mandate in Obamacare, which requires employers to pay for abortifacients for employees, not be applied against Hercules pending the resolution of the dispute, which also has been raised in dozens of other court cases.
At issue is the Obamacare promotion of abortion services such as the morning-after pill and such. Obamacare demands that employers provide that coverage to workers, regardless of the religious beliefs of those company owners.
While the owners argue the government cannot simply order them to violate their faith, the government says it can.
“The contraceptive-coverage requirement does not impose a substantial burden on any exercise of religious by Hercules Industries or the Newlands,” the government attorneys told the appeals court.