A Highland, Illinois construction firm has filed suit in Federal court in East St Louis over the HHS mandate. Korte and Luitjohan Contractors is a family owned business which has been doing business for over 50 years in the area. They have more than 50 employees, and their current health policy comes up for renewal on January 1st. The family owners are Catholic, and to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception as required by the HHS mandate would be immoral and would violate their faith. They want to provide good health coverage for their employees, but they cannot violate their faith.
The suit states:
Plaintiffs have concluded that complying with the mandate would require them to violate their religious beliefs because the mandate requires them and/or the corporation they control to arrange for, pay for, provide, facilitate or otherwise support not only contraception and sterilization, but also abortion, because certain drugs and devices such as (the morning after pill) come within the mandate’s and HRSA’s definition of ‘Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods,’ despite their known abortifacient mechanisms of action.