Judge Grants Nearly 200 Christian Ministries Relief From Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate

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Judge Grants Nearly 200 Christian Ministries Relief From Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate

 

By Heather Clark | Christiannews.net

Pill-pd-300x225A federal judge appointed by George W. Bush has granted a temporary injunction to nearly 200 ministries seeking relief from the abortion pill mandate in Obamacare.

 

In October of this year, 187 Christian ministries that receive health insurance through GuideStone Financial Resources, an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, were represented in class-action lawsuit filed against the Obama administration.

 

Reaching Souls International Inc., et al v. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al challenged just four of the 20 contraceptives required to be covered under the Affordable Care Act. Drugs that were considered abortifacients, such as the morning-after and week-after pill, were the focus of the requested exemption.

 

The lead plaintiffs in the case were Reaching Souls International, an Oklahoma City ministry that trains pastors and works to assist African orphans, and Truett-McConnell College, a Baptist college in Cleveland, Georgia.

In granting a temporary injunction to the ministries while the case moves forward, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy DeGuisti asserted that the organizations had a right to challenge the requirement that the drugs be covered.

“[These] organizations face substantial financial penalties, and their refusal will cause a substantial financial loss to GuideStone if it excludes nonexempt, noncompliant organizations from the GuideStone plan,” he wrote.

DeGuisti also often pointed to this summer’s ruling granting the popular craft chain Hobby Lobby a temporary injunction.

“Here, as in Hobby Lobby, the court finds that plaintiffs have made a threshold showing of a substantial burden, and, thus, a likelihood of success,” he stated. “Defendants, their agents, officers, and employees are hereby enjoined and restrained from taking any enforcement action against Plaintiffs, or any employers who provide medical coverage to employees under the GuideStone Plan.”

Attorneys representing GuideStone applauded the ruling on Friday.

“This is an overwhelming victory for GuideStone and the nearly 200 plaintiffs in this class-action lawsuit,” Adèle Keim, Legal Counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty stated in a news release following the decision. “For over 200 years, Baptists in America have stood for religious liberty for all. Today’s ruling will allow hundreds of Baptist ministries to continue preaching the Gospel and serving the poor … without laboring under the threat of massive fines.”

In the meantime, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide two cases next year surrounding the abortion pill requirement in Obamacare. As previously reported, the Court announced last month that it would hear two cases surrounding the Affordable Care Act: Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. andConestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius.

“The government shouldn’t be able to punish Americans for exercising their fundamental freedoms,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman, who represents Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation. “The administration has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free. We trust the Supreme Court will agree. A government that forces any citizen to participate in immoral acts—like the use of abortion drugs—under threat of crippling fines is a government everyone should fear.”

 

6 Comments on “Judge Grants Nearly 200 Christian Ministries Relief From Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate”

  1. Phillip Lashley

    Coming from a country with free health care, I have watched as the Christian Right in the US gave up the mantle of Christ’s Golden Rule of loving others as self, and instead of crafting health care legislation that apoke to the needs of the poor in your country, chose to abandon principle. The Affordable Health Care Act is the direct result of that abdication: Christians should have led the way on healthcare reform.
    I suspect that Christians will find republican politicians no less craven and bent as democrats.
    It is

  2. Nestor

    Phillip, Loving your neighbor and helping the poor has nothing to do with the government holding a gun to my head and forcing me to pay for the health insurance of someone who doesn’t feel like working for it. There is a big difference between charity and subsidizing the lazy.

  3. Sea'ven

    Unfortunately, due to ungodly 501(c)3 Non profit Corporation status 99.9% of Churches and Christian organization they by default for under the sovereignty of the states by which they incorporated; being the creation of their creator-government. It’s time for the “BODY OF CHRIST” to be loose from bondage; standing alone on the ONE TRUE LIVING GOD we proclaim to serve. Churches are MANDATORY TAX EXEMPT HAVING NO NEED TO APPLY FOR TAX EXEMPT STATUS; WHEREBY MOVING OUT OF THE COVERING OF OUR GOD AND INTO THE HANDS OF THE ENEMY OF OUR SOULS!

    Thus, let’s be wise as a serpent “unincorporated” moving out of government clutches; TRUSTING in the LORD THINE GOD to be faithful to provide for HIS vision for HIS EKKLESIA. . . KINGDOM GOVERNMENT!

    TRUST AND OBEY! In doing so, the EKKLESIA will get her voice back to do the works of the KINGDOM! PERIOD!

  4. Nathaniel Jordan

    So. Am I reading this correctly? If a church or faith-based organization is receiving government grants, they can lose funding because they refuse to go along with something God is against? And am I also reading that an organization providing healthcare or services for people can be fined for not going along with immoral acts?

    If that’s so then I now know for sure the revelation I received last year is correct. A lot of church organizations are depending on government grants as well as private donors. I see the day coming that when the church refuses to obey God rather than man, the grants are going to be pulled.

    Again I stand to be corrected if I misinterpreted this article.

  5. Frances

    Is it ok for “the Church” to depend on the goverment? Can the church be so dependent on her bridegroom that there is no need to depend on a another lover. If she is dependent on a hireling for a lover she will Always be in fear. If she is solely dependent on her bridegroom, she will never be in fear or found feeling misplaced or abandoned. She will be at home safe and feeling sorry for the ones that chose to rely on the hireling! She will trying to tell the other brides that there is a better way with no fear or feeling of want! That they don’t need to have extra and unnecessary cares to steal time, money and life away! We have the best healthcare reform… JESUS and then go and sin no more. learn what is right for health. Learn to live a better quality of life. And you will walk in divine health. If you do get sick, annoint with oil and pray to THE HEALER!

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