Ave Maria University Founder Tom Monaghan Sues Feds Over HHS Mandate
December 16, 2012, at 11:44 AM
By Matthew Archbold |
The founder of Ave Maria University is suing the federal government over the HHS mandate which will force companies and religious institutions to provide coverage for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization procedures.
Tom Monaghan filed on behalf of his business called Domino’s Farms, which runs an office park near Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Monaghan currently offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees. Monaghan says the law violates his constitutional rights, and he’s asking a judge to strike down the mandate because it “attacks and desecrates a foremost tenet of the Catholic Church” against contraception, sterilization or abortion and that it will “force individuals to violate their deepest held religious beliefs.”
The lawsuit quotes Thomas Jefferson who said, “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.”
The lawsuit points out that Monaghan is the sole owner and director of Domino Farms and states that “Plaintiff Thomas Monaghan is Pro-life. Plaintiff Thomas Monaghan has devoted his life and resources to Catholic philanthropic causes. Plaintiff Thomas Monaghan is a Catholic and follows the teachings of the Catholic faith as defined by the Magisterium (teaching authority) of the Catholic Church. Plaintiff Thomas Monaghan is guided by his religious beliefs.”
Monaghan’s lawsuit is separate from the suit filed by Ave Maria University in February.
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