Renowned military sight and scope manufacturer Trijicon Inc. has filed suit against the Obama administration over the Health and Human Services mandate for employers to provide coverage for contraception and abortion services.
The mandate is a directive springing from Obamacare which demands that nearly all businesses that employ more than 50 employees provide “insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and devices, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties.” Employers are mandated to do this “regardless of their religious or moral convictions.”
On August 8, the Department of Justice said it would not oppose “Trijicon’s request for a court order that would suspend enforcement of the mandate against the company.”
Trijicon’s suit comes after 32 suits have already been filed requesting that the mandate be blocked. Out of those 32 suits, courts have sided with religious freedom over the mandate 25 times.
Besides military operations, Trijicon also makes sights and scopes for sporting applications. The Bindon family that owns Trijicon has always run the company in accord with their Christian beliefs, and they want to continue doing so. They believe the mandate to provide abortive and contraceptive is a clear violation of the freedom of religion and freedom of conscience protections outlined in the First Amendment.
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