I had hoped to get this post out on Ash Wednesday. I thought the timing would have been appropriate. Since it didn’t work out that way though, I thought, “Better late than never!”
On Tuesday, Grote Industries, a vehicle lighting manufacturer based in Madison, Indiana, won an injunction that, for now, protects the owners’ religious freedom as it pertains to the HHS birth control mandate. Had the company not received the injunction, they would have been fined for every day that they didn’t offer health coverage that paid for birth control, sterilization, and abortion drugs.
The preliminary injunction was granted in a 2 to 1 vote in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner dissented. From the National Catholic Register:
“Rovner argued that corporations, not their owners, are obliged to provide contraceptive coverage by the mandate. She said that because Grote Industries is not ‘organized expressly to pursue religious ends’,it has no ‘religious interests or rights.'”
I’m absolutely thrilled to see that some courts are respecting the religious rights of for-profit business owners. I was horrified though by the supposition that to do business in the United States, to earn a fair wage for a full day’s work, you have to throw religious principals straight out the window. Again, the federal government is asking people to choose. Do business in the U.S. or be Catholic Christians. How can people be expected to choose?
There are a number of for-profit businesses that are challenging the HHS mandate on religious grounds. It’ll be interesting to see how everything unfolds. Not all plantiffs are getting injunctions, but more are successful than not. The thought of doing any sort of business in a way that’s counter to my moral conscience formation terrifies me, so bet I’ll be watching and praying.
- Court exempts Ind. company from birth control rule — WISH-TV, CBS affiliate in Indianapolis
- New Injunctions Granted Against HHS Mandate — NCRegister.com