by Bethany Monk, CitizenLink
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday appealed a court order giving a Colorado business a temporary reprieve from complying with a federal mandate to cover contraceptives and potential abortion-inducing drugs through its insurance plan.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado issued the order in July, giving the Catholic family that owns Hercules Industries -- a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning manufacturer in Denver -- a reprieve from complying until the lawsuit is decided. The Obama administration is seeking to lift the order, which would mean the Newland family would have to offer the insurance this year.
"In filing its appeal, the administration sent a clear message that it wants to force families to abandon their faith in order to make a living," said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. "That's the opposite of religious freedom."...