Luther Strange and EWTN File Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare Mandate

Luther Strange

Luther Strange

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) today filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court to challenge the Obamacare mandate that would require not-for-profit religious organizations to include contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in employees’ health insurance plans.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires all employers to arrange for health insurance that covers contraception, sterilization services, related counseling, and education.  Coverage mandates includes contraceptives such as Plan B.

In the lawsuit, EWTN says it believes contraception, sterilization, and abortion to be “gravely immoral practices.”

The deadline for EWTN to comply with the mandate is July 1, 2014.  If the organization does not, it could face penalties in excess of $12 million per year.  Several other religious organizations have joined EWTN, the world’s largest Catholic media network, in filing suit against the mandated coverage.

In a press release, Attorney General Strange said, “I am proud to stand with EWTN to oppose this unconscionable mandate.  Whatever we personally may think about contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, the government should not be in the business of forcing people to violate their religious convictions.”

5 comments

  • Greg

    OMG!!! I WISH HE WOULD JUST SHUT UP AND MOVE ON. WE NEED TO VOTE HIM AND ALL THE OTHER REPUBLICANS OUT THAT ARE HURTING ALABAMA AND THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!

  • Eric Marsden

    A healthcare plan does not force people to violate their religious convictions since although available no-one covered is forced to avail themselves of the services. Just more hypocrisy and a waste of taxpayer money, its not as if catholics are not already widely practicing contraception.

  • william page

    what business has Alabama in a suit by Catholics involving a supposed interest of taxpayers. this is a total waste of our money and personnel involving nothing that is our business. let the AG attend to State business and stay out of Republican politics.

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