Jul 11, 2014 / 04:28 pm
Following the Hobby Lobby decision upholding religious freedom, a woman business owner has secured a court injunction against the HHS mandate requiring coverage for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.
Karen Mersino, who co-owns Mersino Management Company with her husband in Michigan, welcomed the ruling.
“It’s a real win for religious freedom,” she said July 10.
The July 9 injunction from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concerns the company’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The injunction reports that attorneys for the Mersinos’ company conferenced with government attorneys after the Supreme Court’s June 30 Hobby Lobby decision.
In the conference, the government’s attorneys dropped their opposition to the injunction request.
The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thomas More Law Center is representing the Mersinos’ company.
Erin Mersino, senior trial counsel with the Thomas More Law Center, said the injunction gives “immediate relief from the illegal aims of the HHS mandate that violates our clients’ sincerely held religious beliefs.”
She said the business owners “truly live out their faith everyday through the integrity with which they treat others, through their numerous charitable works, and through their overwhelmingly selfless devotion to their community and Church.” …
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