by Dr. D ~ May 7th, 2013
Tyndale House, a major Bible publishing company, won a major victory against the Obama administration’s HHS Contraceptive/abortifacient Mandate. Here’s the story from the Baptist Press:
WASHINGTON (BP) — A leading Bible publisher won another court victory against the Obama administration’s abortion/contraceptive mandate Friday (May 3), thanks in part to the administration’s own partial retreat in the case.
The publisher, Tyndale House, had won a preliminary injunction in November from a lower court that prevented the government from enforcing the mandate, which forces businesses such as Tyndale to cover contraceptives that can cause chemical abortions. The drugs often are called "emergency contraceptives" and can act after conception and implantation, and come under brand names such as Plan B and ella.
The administration appealed that injunction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, but eventually asked that the appeal be dismissed. The three justices on Friday granted the administration’s request and dismissed it.
Response: Hopefully this is just the beginning of many victories against the Obama administration on this major religious freedom issue. The administration is determined to re-interpret and limit our Constitutional rights of religious freedom to within the 4 walls of an official place of worship.
Tyndale is a business and hopefully this case provides a precedence and an opening for others to follow through in defeating the administration’s HHS mandate. The backing away of the administration is this case should give real hope to allied ministries like religious schools which should have even a stronger case against the mandate since many of them are actually connected to churches and denominations. *Top