Given the president's recent statement on religious freedom, one
legal group finds it ironic that the DOJ has appealed a Denver
federal judge's decision to uphold a business owner's religious
freedom to decline the government mandate requiring him to provide
insurance coverage for abortifacient drugs.
Hercules Industries now comes under the scrutiny of a federal
appeals court because the owners are standing firm on their
Attorney Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom tells OneNewsNow,
"Every American, including family business owners, should be free
to live and do business according to their faith."
"The Obama administration claims it has unwavering support for
religious freedom, but the only thing unwavering in the
administration is its tenacious opposition to religious freedom,"
the attorney asserts.
The mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or
moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for
abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception under
threat of heavy penalties.
"The cost of religious freedom for this family could be millions
of dollars per year in fines and lawsuits from the federal
government to cripple their business and potentially destroy jobs,"
Bowman warns. "In filing its appeal, the administration sent a
clear message that it wants to force families to abandon their
faith in order to earn a living. That's the opposite of religious
The administration argues that people of faith forfeit their
religious liberty once they engage in business.