A Missouri-based plumbing products manufacturer is the latest to
challenge ObamaCare's controversial mandate.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is
representing the Sioux Chief Manufacturing Company in its case
against the mandate, which forces employers, regardless of their
religious or moral convictions -- under penalty of heavy fines --
to cover free contraception, abortion-causing drugs, and
sterilizations under insurance exchanges.
"The Constitution doesn't
allow the government to decide what faith is, who the faithful are,
or even where they exercise that faith," contends ADF attorney
Kevin Theriot. "It's not the job of Washington bureaucrats to
confine faith to inside homes or inside churches. Faith and
religious freedom [are] God-given, not government-driven."
On the subject, lead counsel Jonathan R. Whitehead has stated
that "forcing Americans to ignore their faith just to earn a living
is unprecedented, unnecessary, and unconstitutional."
The Kansas City-area firm was founded in 1957 by Martin Ismert,
Jr., and it is still operated by his Catholic family. So far, more
than 40 Christian business owners, religious-based schools and
other institutions have filed lawsuits against the mandate.