ObamaCare hasn’t been doing so well lately. Not only has it triggered a major political crisis, but no one can seem to sign up for it and its abortion mandate just took another hit.
A three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Colorado-based business does not have to adhere to the federal government’s abortion pill mandate as its lawsuit proceeds.
In a ruling issued Thursday, the panel affirmed a lower court ruling on behalf of Hercules Industries, a family-owned Denver-based HVAC manufacturer.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys obtained the first-ever order against the mandate on behalf of Hercules Industries and the Catholic family that owns it. The administration opposed the order, arguing, contrary to the U.S. Constitution, that people of faith forfeit their religious liberty once they engage in business.
In his order, Senior Judge John L. Kane of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado said that the government’s arguments “are countered, and indeed outweighed, by the public interest in the free exercise of religion. As the Tenth Circuit has noted, ‘there is a strong public interest in the free exercise of religion even where that interest may conflict with [another statutory scheme]….’ Accordingly, the public interest favors entry of an injunction in this case.”
Bowman said Judge Kane explained that the government’s “harm pales in comparison to the possible infringement upon Plaintiffs’ constitutional and statutory rights.”
Judge Kane is a Carter appointee who once worked for the Peace Corps. Nevertheless he did the right thing.
In the latest decision, Judge Kelly and Judge Carlos Lucero are Clinton appointees. More shockingly, Judge Matheson is an Obama appointee.