HHS Mandate Legal Update: Chicago Company Wins Big, Hobby Lobby Stand Firm

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm)

Chris and Mary Anne YepTriune Health Group, a Chicago-based health management company, has become the tenth plaintiff to receive a temporary injunction ruling that they do not need to obey the HHS Mandate while their suit against the government over the controversial policy is pending.

The company, run by devout Catholic couple Chris and Mary Anne Yep (pictured), was rated the best workplace in Chicago for women by Crain’s Chicago Business—an astounding irony given that, in the eyes of President Obama and his cohorts, the Yeps are part of the supposed “war on women” that was such an issue in last November’s elections.

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. The religious convictions that moved the Yeps to take good care of their employees are the very same convictions that prohibit them from funding the contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs the HHS Mandate would require for them.

Chris and Mary Anne delivered stirring testimony at the October 20 Stand Up Rally in Chicago and have been working hard to educate people about the threats to our religious freedom since the became aware of the problem last year.

Please continue to keep Triune’s case in your prayers along with the other 41 lawsuits against the mandate currently winding their way through the courts.

Hobby Lobby Stands Its Ground

Unfortunately, not all the news is good. Hobby Lobby was denied a temporary injunction in their case against the Mandate but has made it clear that they will not comply. This means that, as of January 1, they could be held liable for over $1 million per day in fines from the federal government.

Hobby Lobby CEO David Green had this to say:

The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American and no American business should have to make.

We heartily agree and our hats are off to Green and everyone at Hobby Lobby for being the first to take this courageous stand.

Keep an eye on the Stand Up for Religious Freedom blog for more updates on these and other cases.

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