Tyndale House Fights Obama Contraception Mandate
Tyndale House, publishers of The Living Bible, the New Living Translation, and many other Christian fiction and nonfiction titles, is taking on the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) over contraception regulations. They filed a lawsuit against the HHS this month, and opening arguments begin October 29.
At issue is the right of a Christian company to reject, as a matter of conscience, the Obama administration requirement they provide birth control pills for workers. Religious groups can opt out of the requirement, but Tyndale House does not meet the strict HHS requirements to do that.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Tyndale House. Their Chief Counsel, Matt Bowman, said in a news release, “Bible publishers should be free to do business according to the book that they publish. For the government to say that a Bible publisher is not religious is alarming. It demonstrates how clearly the Obama administration is willing to disregard the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom to achieve certain political purposes. For that reason, we are asking the court to halt this mandate.”
Bowman will engage in oral arguments Monday asking for a court order to stop enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against Tyndale. The hearing in Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius is the first in the publisher’s Oct. 2 lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys are also litigating other lawsuits against the mandate, including cases on behalf of Grace College and Seminary, Biola University, Geneva College and Louisiana College.
Published on: Oct 27, 2012