Federal Judge Timothy DeGiusti has issued a preliminary injunction against Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, thereby preventing the Feds, for the time being, from requiring organizations in the Western District of Oklahoma to make available insurance policies that cover the morning-after pill and similar contraceptives, and contraceptives in general.
GuideStone Financial Resources, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention that handles health benefits for the Convention, brought the suit on behalf of nearly 200 ministries that use GFR to provide benefits for their employees.
It’s important to note that this is a preliminary injunction, and it can be overruled at any time. However, it is intended to last throughout the suit itself: GFR, et al., have the right, says the Judge, to pursue their case, and it’s necessary to protect them from the harm caused by enforcement until the matter is settled. After all, GFR, et al., have an excellent chance of winning the suit.
And they should win. No government has any business dictating the religious tenets of our citizenry, nor does any government have any legitimate authority with which to overrule those tenets—especially for the petty convenience of that government.
DeGiusti’s ruling can be read here.