Friday, January 04, 2013
Illinois Federal District Court, Bound By 7th Circuit Precedent, Grants Preliminary Injunction In Contraceptive Mandate Challenge
In Triune Health Group, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (ND IL, Jan. 3, 2012), an Illinois federal district court granted a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate against a for-profit company that that facilitates re-entry of injured workers into the workforce. The company's Catholic owners believe that providing their employees with insurance coverage that facilitate abortion, contraception and sterilization constitutes "cooperation with evil that violates the laws of God." The court concluded that it was bound by the 7th Circuit's decision in Korte v. Sebelius which granted a for-profit employer a preliminary injunction pending appeal in a similar challenge. (See prior posting.) The granting of the preliminary injunction follows the court's denial of a temporary restraining order on Dec. 26. LifeNews reports on the granting of the injunction.