Saturday, October 20, 2012

Another Suit Challenges Contraceptive Coverage Mandate of ACA

Yesterday, yet another federal lawsuit was filed challenging on RFRA, 1st Amendment and Administrative Procedure Act grounds the contraception coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act.  The complaint (full text) in Griesedieck v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (WD MO, filed 10/19/2012), alleges that the two individual plaintiffs, who are Evangelical Christians, own a controlling interest in four industrial companies that employ a total of 175 people. Citing the requirement that the companies' policies cover drugs that have a post-fertilization mechanism of action (such as Plan B and Ella), plaintiffs assert that:
As evangelical Christians, Plaintiffs believe in the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception.  They believe it would be sinful to for them to pay for services that have a significant risk of causing the death of embryonic human lives.
American Center for Law and Justice issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.