The Media Research Center (MRC) has filed a lawsuit in objection to the Obamacare mandate on contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs, calling upon the court to declare that the non-profit group qualifies for an exemption from the mandate as a self-certified religious organization as allowed by the regulation.
The MRC is the parent organization of CNSNews.com. The lawsuit and a motion for a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of the mandate were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. A hearing has been set for June 6.
“This lawsuit is about religious freedom and the conscience rights of individuals to operate their enterprises free from government coercion, reprisal, or punishment,” MRC Founder and President Brent Bozell said in a statement.
“The Obamacare mandate destroys the ability of free people to practice their faith in their everyday lives and forces them to either reject their faith or face crippling government imposed fines and punishment, in our case over $4.5 million dollars per year,” he said. “We do not stop being religious, moral people the moment we walk out of our houses of worship.”