To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

A Big Win against Birth Control Mandate

News Staff : Jul 25, 2016  CBN News

Still a long way to go to protect religious freedom, but this new ruling will set a precedent in courts.

(Washington, DC)—[CBN News] A federal judge ruled Thursday that forcing insurers to include birth control coverage despite their conflicting religious convictions is unconstitutional. (Screengrab via CBN News)

The case addresses a section of Obamacare that requires insurers to pay for birth control.

Missouri Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, and his wife filed a lawsuit arguing that being forced to pay for birth control coverage violates their Catholic faith. They cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which says the federal government cannot "substantially burden" religious rights unless the law is the least restrictive means to further a compelling government interest. 

U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton agreed, saying the federal government cannot legally compel Wieland and his wife to pay for birth control coverage. 

"We're excited," Wieland told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We know the government probably won't agree, but this is a victory along the way. The government is trying to force me to buy a product that I consider morally offensive."

Timothy Belz, one of Wieland's lawyers, says the ruling has "larger implications" because it could set a standard for future cases. 

"It has precedential value," Belz said. "Other families can say, 'Look, give me a contraceptive-free policy or I will go to court with the Wieland opinion."







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

228 Republicans Ask Supreme Court to Uphold Mississippi Abortion Ban in Case That Could Overturn Roe

Auditors Finish Counting Ballots in Arizona's Maricopa County; What's Next...

Victory for Individual Rights in Spain: Constitutional Tribunal Rules against a Regional Law Permitting Mandatory Vaccination

'Unnecessary, Misleading, Catastrophic': Senior European Physicians Co-Author Expert Statement on COVID Vaccine for Children

Facebook Whistleblower Turned Down $64G Severance Package That Would Have Bought Her Silence: Report

900+ Shootings in One Week: Lawlessness Escalates Across US as Police Departments Depleted

PRAY For Our Brothers and Sisters in Nigeria: Islamic Jihadists Kill Nearly 3,500 Nigerian Christians, Attack 300 Churches in 200 Days

'Spiritual Powerhouse of Women': US Softball Team Wins Silver, Sisters in Christ Look Ahead to 'Church on the Dirt'

WATCH: Record-Setting Olympic Athlete Gives Glory to God: 'Soli Deo Gloria'

'Praise God!': Anne Graham Lotz's Son Out of ICU, in Rehab after Severe COVID Infection

Max Lucado Gets COVID Despite Being Vaccinated; Here's How He's Using His Down Time for God

Even CNN Is Pushing Back against CDC's Latest Mask Rule

Sheila Walsh on Simone Biles; I Was Shamed for Putting My Mental Health First, Too. I Applaud Her Courage

US Olympian Sunisa Lee Takes Gold in Women's Gymnastics Final; Simone Biles Cheers Her On

Black and Hispanic Leaders Ask Court to Overturn Roe: Abortion Business 'Targets' Minorities

Wow: Israel, UAE Undergo Historic 3-Way Kidney Exchange Thanks to Abraham Accords

Michigan Eagle Scout Gets 'Heroism Award' for Saving Woman from Burning Car

'My Kids Have Just Excelled': Number of Families Homeschooling Soars; Black Households See Largest Boost

Kate Obenshain: 12 Steps to Raising a Conservative Daughter—from My Very Wise Daughter

In Quick Reversal, CDC Now Recommends Indoor Masking, Citing Delta Variant 'Breakthrough' Infections



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com