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Thomas Monaghan Wins Injunction Against HHS Mandate

Yesterday, reported that Tom Monaghan, founder of Dominos Pizza and founder and Chancellor of Ave Maria University, won his bid for a court order to prevent enforcement of the Department of Health and Human Service’s contraception mandate.

Monaghan offers health insurance for employees at Domino’s Farms, a business development complex he operates in Michigan, but does not cover contraceptives or abortions. Monaghan, with the assistance of the Thomas More Law Center, sought to halt the mandate, which would require Monaghan to provide coverage that goes against his religious beliefs.

Federal District Court Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff, of the Eastern District of Michigan, granted a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction against enforcement of the HHS mandate.

“The HHS Mandate forces our clients to provide abortion causing drugs to their employees when doing so is a direct violation of the teachings of the Catholic Church and our clients’ sincerely held religious beliefs,” said Erin Mersino, an attorney with the Thomas More Law Center. “The Court’s decision today upholds everyone’s freedom of religion and rights protected by the Constitution.”

The ruling halts enforcement of the HHS mandate against Monaghan and his company. The Obama administration is expected to appeal the ruling.

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