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Newland Family Win

Breaking: The family business that went to court in Denver asking for an injunction so they do not have to choose between their conscience and obeying the HHS contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drug mandate has been granted one.

The judge, who was appointed by President Carter and was once a deputy Peace Corps director, makes clear in his ruling that the injunction only applies to the Newlands, who, as you may recall, have a health-insurance plan year that begins in November — so the August 1 implementation date would effect their business immediately (unlike some other businesses, whose plan years begin in January or another after-the-election date).

Background on the family and what the heck heating and air conditioning has to do with religious liberty here

In their brief, the Department of Justice argued that “[o]nce [an organization] enters the marketplace of commerce in any substantial degree it loses the complete control over its membership that it would otherwise enjoy if it confined its affairs to the marketplace of ideas.” 

More from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) today here.

Congratulations to Matt Bowman, who argued before the federal court this week (and talked to me about it here), and the ADF, which represents the Newland family. You might thank the Newlands for taking a stand in defense of freedom. You do not have to be Catholic or agree with their choice not to offer plans that cover abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception to appreciate their pushback against this attack on liberty.

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