Freedom of conscience has triumphed yet again in the ongoing battle against the Obama Administration’s coercive HHS Mandate-the requirement that forces nearly all employers to provide insurance coverage for life-ending drugs and devices, regardless of the employers’ consciences or religious beliefs.
Today’s victory comes in Armstrong v. Sebelius, a case initially filed in federal district court by the Armstrong family and their private Colorado business, Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. The Armstrong family believes that life begins at conception and that drugs such as ella and other so-called “emergency contraceptives” result in the wrongful taking of human life. However, under the Obama Administration’s mandate, this family-owned business will be forced to choose between providing insurance coverage for such life-ending drugs and devices disingenuously defined as “contraception” by the Food and Drug Administration, or paying prohibitive fines.
In May of this year, the district court declined to issue a preliminary injunction protecting the family and business’s consciences, meaning that they would be forced to comply with the coercive mandate while the litigation continues. However, today the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision, and sent the case back to the district court for further action.