Catholic Company Stands Up for Religious Freedom

Hercules vs. Obama

DENVER — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys representing a private Denver employer filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the Obama administration over its mandate that forces the family-owned business to violate its religious beliefs by requiring it to offer insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception.

Hercules Industries owners William Newland, Paul Newland, James Newland, and Christine Ketterhagen, and its vice-president, Andrew Newland, are practicing and believing Catholics. They desire to run the company, an HVAC manufacturer, in a manner that reflects their sincerely held religious beliefs, including their belief that God requires respect for the sanctity of human life.

Because the company would be required to begin offering the new coverage when its self-insured plan renews on Nov. 1, the case is one of the only ones in the nation requesting a court order that would halt the mandate within the next three months.

The government shouldn’t punish people of faith for making decisions in accordance with their faith. Every American should know that a government with the power to do this to anyone can do this–and worse–to everyone. The abortion pill mandate unconstitutionally coerces the leadership of Hercules Industries to violate their religious beliefs and consciences under the threat of heavy fines and penalties. That is simply not acceptable in America.

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    • becca

      The compny…no company has the right to force it’s religous views onto employees. Contraceptive rights are guanteed by the federal government and it should be each employees personal belief system that guides their decisions concerning cotraception or abortion. Just as the employer can choose not to use contraception covered by insurance, the employee should have that choice too. I wonder if you would support a company owned by a muslim deciding that female circumcision was a requirment for employees. In both cases company owners are forcing their own religous views on others,which is a violation of the freedom of religion concept that is so much a part of america.



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