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Liberty Institute is committed to helping ministries and faith-based colleges and universities fight back against the unconscionable HHS mandate. This week, Liberty added a for-profit business to that list, filing a lawsuit on behalf of a family-owned business that wants to continue to operate in accordance with the Christian faith.
Monday, Liberty Institute, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, and Robinson & McElwee, PLLC filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Joe Holland Chevrolet, a West Virginia-based car dealership.
Joe Holland Chevrolet is a family-owned and operated car dealership located in South Charleston, WV, with more than 150 employees. The dealership’s stated purpose is “to glorify and honor God by being faithful stewards for all that is entrusted to us.” Joe Holland’s objection to the HHS mandate stems from his commitment to operate his business in accordance with his Christian faith, which includes his conviction that his business be closed on Sundays.
Obamacare’s HHS mandate requires that businesses pay for health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization or face draconian fines. This violates the sincerely-held beliefs of many religious Americans, including Joe Holland.
If Holland’s requested relief is not granted, he could be subjected to penalties of over $15,000 per day (or more than $5.4 million each year) by the federal government for failing to provide his employees with abortion-inducing drugs. A hearing on the matter is set for July 23.
“Faced with violating their own deeply-held religious beliefs or subjecting itself to crushing fines, Joey Holland and his family business has no alternative but to seek court protection from the federal government’s unconstitutional mandate,” said Jeff Mateer, General Counsel for Liberty Institute. “The government should not be able to coerce family-owned and faith-based businesses to violate their religious beliefs.”
Joining 61 other cases and over 200 plaintiffs nationwide, Holland’s case is the first in West Virginia to contend that the HHS mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment to the Constitution. To date, 20 courts have granted injunctive relief prohibiting enforcement of the HHS mandate against businesses asserting violation of their religious beliefs. The court filings can be downloaded here.
Liberty Institute has already filed suit against the HHS “abortion” mandate on behalf of several religious organizations. Your gifts will now help us expand that battle to protect businesses whose owners refuse to violate deeply-held convictions regarding the sanctity of human life. Please give generously.
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