Hercules One Step Closer to Religious Freedom

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district court order holding off enforcement of the Department of Health and Human Services abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate, against Hercules, Inc., a family-owned HVAC business, which the Obama administration challenged. The Department of Justice has argued that the Newland family of Denver doesn’t have religious liberty in “the marketplace of commerce.” 

In a statement, Matt Bowman from Alliance Defending Freedom, who is representing the Newlands said: “Every American, including family business owners, should be free to live and do business according to their faith. In appealing the district court’s order that halted the mandate against Hercules, the administration sent a clear message that it wants to force families to abandon their faith in order to earn a living. That’s the opposite of religious freedom. The 10th Circuit was right to uphold the district court’s order and protect the Newland family’s religious liberty at least until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to extend religious freedom to similar families across the country.”

Bowman and I talked about the case early on here.

Bowman, by the way, has a message for Congress and the administration on the shutdown, over in Bench Memos

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