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.”