More than 30 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts to halt
the ObamaCare language that mandates health insurance policies
to include free coverage for abortifacient drugs,
birth-control and sterilization.
The Thomas More Society has now filed suit on
behalf of a Michigan business, Autocam, a world leader in precision
manufacturing, that objects to the measure on religious grounds.
Attorney Tom Brejcha notes that the Obama administration recently
reiterated that it does not intend to yield on the mandate.
wish we could do it as kind of a nationwide class action [lawsuit],
but we can't. You have to do it one employer at a time," he tells
"This is a major employer and pretty much carrying the ball for
a lot of others who are similarly situated, and we hope that maybe
Uncle Sam will get the message if we can get some relief from the
federal district court in the Western District of Michigan."
Some federal courts have dismissed the lawsuits, saying it is
not yet time for them to be heard. But that does not bother
"You don't have to wait until the other guy shoots before you
duck… We'd like to get the court to tell him not to shoot, and if
he does so … measures will be taken against him before he lets us
have it," the attorney asserts.
John Kennedy, president and CEO of Autocam and Autocam Medical,
says the contraception mandate violates the employer's "deeply held
religious convictions about the dignity of the person." He wants to
know why the president's administration is "prioritizing
life-ending drugs over life-saving drugs."
Aside from Autocam, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has
filed similar lawsuits this week against the mandate on behalf
of two Baptist colleges in Texas.