Judge: Catholic Company Doesn’t Have to Follow Obama HHS Mandate

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 4, 2013   |   11:54AM   |   St. Paul, MN

A federal judge in Minnesota has given a Catholic-owned and operated business a reprieve from the onerous provisions of the Obamacare HHS mandate. The mandate compels companies to pay for birth control and drugs for their employees that may cause abortions.

U.S. District Court Judge John R. Tunheim issued a ruling yesterday for an injunction against complying with the mandate for American Manufacturing Company. The attorney for the client, Thomas Mathews, told a news outlet, “He was conflicted with owning a company that would provide the types of insurance that he finds morally offensive and objectionable.”

More from the report:

In working with its current insurance company, Medica, American Manufacturing was able to cut the birth control coverage from an existing group health insurance plan.

Now, it awaits a decision on two other preliminary injunctions in the 8th Circuit of federal district courts.

Mathews says he’s been interviewed by the New York Times about his case, and counsel for the case has told him this might be used as precedent in a Supreme Court decision.

Mathews said he’s seen “some negative reaction from those who don’t understand Greg’s deep conviction with this.”

He said it’s not a case of anti-feminism, as some have alleged, but it’s motivated by deeply-held Catholic beliefs.

Deacon Greg Hall, who owns the company, emailed a Christian web site with his thoughts.



We were issued the very first preliminary injunction against the mandate in the State of Minnesota. Also, by the tremendous effort of my legal team we were able to convince (again for the first time) one of the major insurance carriers to accept the injunction and provide my employees with medical insurance devoid of the “women’s preventative services”; praise the Lord!

The reason for emailing you is that I have undertaken this suit not only for my own personal company (although that was a big factor) but so that other faithful Catholic business owners would see that we can’t sit by and just accept what is being mandated. I am hopeful that you might be able to use your particular forum to spread the news if you think it worthwhile.