Tyndale House Publishers Wins Freedom of Conscience Obamacare Case

Tyndale House Publishers challenged the Obama administration’s abortion-pill mandate in court, and the company achieved final victory in its lawsuit, according to a news release issued by the legal firm representing them.

A federal district court issued a permanent injunction Wednesday in favor of Tyndale House Publishers and its owners, who were represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys.

The injunction means the government cannot enforce the Obama mandate against Tyndale House. The publisher, based in Carol Stream, Illinois specifically objected to covering abortifacients.

It is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media and directs 96.5 percent of its profits to religious non-profit causes worldwide.

The Obama mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy financial penalties through the Internal Revenue Service.

ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman said, “Americans should be free to live and work according to their faith without fear of punishment by the government. That includes Bible publishers, who should be free to do business according to the book that they publish.”

He added, “In America, citizens have always had the freedom to believe, the freedom to express those beliefs, and the freedom to operate their businesses accordingly. The Supreme Court upheld that principle in its Conestoga/Hobby Lobby decision last year, and the district court has rightly done the same.”

In May 2013, the Obama administration withdrew its appeal of a preliminary injunction that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued in the case, now known as Tyndale House Publishers v. Burwell.

 

Posted July 21, 2015

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