Doctor James Dobson, broadcaster and founder of Focus on the Family, has filed a lawsuit challenging a mandate in the Affordable Care Act that would require his company Family Talk to provide health coverage that would offer birth control such as the morning after pill.
In a 51-page complaint filed on Tuesday Dobson and his attorney's from the group Alliance Defending Freedom argued that being required to offer insurance including contraceptives to 60 employees and dependants is a violation of their religious beliefs which are opposed to abortion. If Family Talk, a Colorado Springs based business that offers religiously based radio broadcasts and other material, would decline to offer their employees the insurance they would face thousands of dollars in fines.
"The government shouldn't be able to punish Americans for exercising fundamental freedoms," stated Matthew Bowman, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom. "Any government willing to force a family-run, Christian ministry to participate in immoral acts under the threat of crippling fines is a government everyone should fear."
Churches are exempt from the mandate, but Dobson's Family Talk doesn't fit the exemption requirements which his attorney's stated are "extraordinarily narrow." Arguments in the suit state that Family Talk should be considered an exempt religious organization because it is faith based, spreads a religious and pro-life message and all employees are said to be anti-abortion.
Written By: Tony Spehar
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