There is a little bit of good news to report in follow up to Andy’s post yesterday about the Newlander family and their objection to providing coverage for contraception and abortifacients to employees of their business. A federal judge has granted a temporary injunction against the mandate. Life Site News has the details.
Attorneys for the Obama administration justified the mandate as part of the fight for sexual equality, arguing it was a necessary part of “improving the health of women and children…so that women who choose to do so can be part of the workforce on an equal playing field with men.”
But Senior Judge John L. Kane of the U.S. District of Colorado ruled on Friday that the government’s interests, which he called into question, “are countered, and indeed outweighed, by the public interest in the free exercise of religion.”
Judge Kane ruled that the plaintiffs could prevail on the grounds of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act alone. That law states the government may not “substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” unless it is to further “a compelling governmental interest” and it uses “the least restrictive means” possible to implement the law.
Read the whole thing. This is just one small battle that the Newlanders have won, as this is only a temporary injunction. But the best way to combat all of the unconstitutional actions of the Obama administration is to raise awareness. We know we can’t count on the media to do so, so it’s up to all of us. The media is busy with other things, like helping Obama get reelected.