Obama Admin to Pay $570,000 in Attorneys Fees After Losing Abortion Pill Mandate Case

conestogaWASHINGTON — The Obama administration has agreed to pay $570,000 in attorneys fees after it lost a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court surrounding a Mennonite company that challenged what is known as the abortion pill mandate.

As previously reported, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, which has 950 employees at its Arkansas, Maryland, Utah, North Carolina and Pennsylvania locations, filed suit in December 2012 against the mandate, stating that it has never provided insurance coverage for medications that induce abortions, and doesn’t plan on doing so. It explained that terminating a life after conception violates its sincerely-held Mennonite beliefs, stating that it “is an intrinsic evil and a sin against God.”

In October 2012, the board of directors for Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, which is owned by Norman Hahn and run by his wife and five sons, composed “The Hahn Family Statement on the Sanctity of Human Life.”

“[H]uman life begins at conception (at the point where an egg and sperm unite), and that it is a sacred gift from God, and only God has the right to terminate human life,” the statement outlined.

Its current health care plan specifically excludes “contraceptive prescription drugs” and “any drugs used to abort a pregnancy.”

In January 2013, U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg ruled against the Hahn family, opining that its manufacturing company was not entitled to an exemption under Obamacare because for-profit businesses that are secular in nature cannot be considered religious entities.

“It would be entirely inconsistent to allow the Hahns to enjoy the benefits of incorporation, while simultaneously piercing the corporate veil for the limited purpose of challenging these regulations,” he wrote.

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The case was then appealed to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, but in a 2 to 1 decision, Goldberg’s denial was upheld. Therefore, attorneys for Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation filed a petition with the nation’s highest court, asserting that the district court and appeals court were out of step with other circuits across the country. Attorney generals for eighteen states also filed briefs to urge the court to accept the appeal.

In June of last year, while also upholding the right of the popular craft chain Hobby Lobby to decline to pay for certain contraceptives that it considers to be abortifacients, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation. Although the case was not as high profile as Hobby Lobby, it was nonetheless considered a win for religious rights nationwide.

The matter was consequently remanded back to the lower court to rule accordingly, and in October, Goldberg granted Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation a permanent injunction. On Friday, a settlement was published by the court, noting that the Obama administration has agreed to pay $570,000 in attorneys fees and costs associated with the lawsuit.

“The government does a serious disservice to taxpayers when it pursues unjust laws that force many of them to defend their constitutionally protected freedoms, said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman in a statement. “While this case is finally over, many others remain. We hope the administration will stop defending its indefensible abortion-pill mandate and end its waste of taxpayer dollars on a fruitless quest to force people to give up their freedom to live and work according to their beliefs.”


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  • Troy Walters

    Praise God Almighty! This is an awesome win for religious liberty! Thank you Lord Jesus and may you guide all of your people on how to take the right stand against injustice and oppression wherever it happens to be found in this at times, very dark and evil world. Amen!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DGX8ompowY

    Matt Redman

    Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?

    Did you feel the mountains tremble

    Did you hear the oceans roar

    When the people rose to sing of

    Jesus Christ the risen one

    Did you feel the people tremble

    Did you hear the singers roar

    When the lost began to sing of

    Jesus Christ, the saving one

    And we can see that, God, You’re moving

    A mighty river through the nations

    When young and old return to Jesus

    Fling wide, you heavenly gates

    Prepare the way of the risen Lord

    Open up the doors and let the music play

    Let the streets resound with singing

    Songs that bring Your hope

    Songs that bring Your joy

    Dancers who dance upon injustice

    Do you feel the darkness tremble

    When all the saints join in one song

    And all the streams flow as one river

    To wash away our brokenness

    And here we see that, God, You’re moving

    A time of jubilee is coming

    When young and old return to Jesus

    Fling wide, you heavenly gates

    Prepare the way of the risen Lord

    Open up the doors and let the music play

    Let the streets resound with singing

    Songs that bring Your hope

    Songs that bring Your joy

    Dancers who dance upon injustice

    And here we see that, God, You’re moving

    A time of jubilee is coming

    When young and old return to Jesus

    Fling wide, you heavenly gates

    Prepare the way of the risen Lord

    Open up the doors and let the music play

    Let the streets resound with singing

    Songs that bring Your hope

    Songs that bring Your joy

    Dancers who dance upon injustice

    Open up the doors and let the music play

    Let the streets resound with singing

  • Rey G

    God will punish this govt for their wickedness.

  • Anton Viljoen

    Are our churches becoming Hell’s trophies?

    Let’s not fool ourselves. The greatest persecution against the church in
    America is coming from the gay movement and Islam. Indeed it has spread into
    other parts of the world.Let’s turn our eyes toward the church and consider the
    many casualties that are a sobering part of the history of this spiritual war
    that rages against men’s souls. Knowing that his time is short, there is no
    doubt that Satan has intensified his efforts to entice Christ’s followers to
    compromise with sin and the world.More churches are jumping on the gay
    bandwagon, and it will soon shock you those who are yet to do so. Major
    denominations are now sponsoring gay pride parades, performing gay weddings,
    and receiving and ordaining gay clergy. Such churches are a coveted prize for
    Satan. Many who once served the Lord, but have since departed from the faith
    through the seduction of demonic doctrines are trophies of hell.More churches
    will also travel on the false unity trail with the Roman Catholic Church and
    the whole ecumenical movement. They too have become a showcase prize for Satan
    and trophies of hell.Statistics also tell us that more than 1,500 pastors per
    month are leaving the ministry, and some are coming out as atheists. British
    scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins has a clergy project that is deceiving
    pastors into renouncing God and Christianity altogether. Former pastors turning
    atheist are like Demas, a once faithful disciple (Col. 4:14), but then lured by
    the world (2 Tim. 4:14), deserting their godly associations, have also become
    casualties of war and trophies of hell.The teaching of false grace has
    infiltrated the church where the extremes of it are opening the door even wider
    for homosexuality and perversion to enter the church. Marriages will be further
    destroyed through this extreme teaching. More trophies of hell.
    There will even be more persecution from within the church from other
    professing Christians who don’t appreciate true believers standing up for the
    unadulterated truth of God’s Word, making them uncomfortable in their sin.
    Unchecked sin in the church will continue to rise as the “love
    everyone—don’t judge” mantra continues to gain popularity, and the
    “do as you please” philosophy spreads like cankerworm.All those who
    compromise are also to be considered the chief prize of Satan and potential
    trophies of hell.

    These modern day examples cause us to think of Adam and Eve, Cain, Esau,
    Samson, Solomon, many of Israel’s ancient kings, Judas and some of Paul’s
    companions who lost out with God. They remind us of the churches in Revelation
    who compromised, backslid, grew cold, and were disapproved and some
    disqualified by the Lord.The Bible is full of good news, but it is also full of
    bad news and severe warnings, tragic endings and examples of those who did not
    heed the word of the Lord.These examples sound a lot like Paul’s admonitions
    for the Church to learn from Israel’s failures with whom God was not well
    pleased (1 Cor. 10:1-11).Here are his warnings:Do not crave evil things as
    Israel did.Do not be idolaters.Do not act immorally.Do not tempt the Lord.Do
    not grumble.Then later on in this same chapter Paul’s stern tone seems to
    intensify. “You cannot drink of the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons;
    you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons!”Duke
    University is among the latest institution that almost drank the Kool-Aid.They
    have since recanted on their recent announcement that every Friday from their
    chapel bell tower they will have a Muslim call to prayer. Thank
    God Duke supporters and alumni spoke up immediately and this
    policy was reversed.If it had not been reversed, the door to other
    colleges and universities in America would’ve undoubtedly followed
    suit and opened their campuses wider to what is now being referred to, at
    least by those who have been enlightened, as the religion of death. I’m
    afraid this decision however is only a delay, because the inevitable will
    happen. Islam will spread, and with it more acts of terrorism and death.
    These are the last days. It shouldn’t surprise us because Jesus told us these
    things would happen.Our only hope is in the glory of God shining upon His
    consecrated people. We must go after the Lord’s harvest and make them trophies
    of heaven, treasures come out of darkness. I believe it was William Booth who
    said, “Go for sinners and go for the worst.”Duke and all university,
    public institution, and company policy makers, need to ask France about
    the repercussions of their dumb decisions to allow Islam to have a
    foothold in their nation. They now have no-go zones in France where the
    police cannot even go for fear of being blown up by Islamic terrorists.”Occupy
    and rule by fear and death” is the Muslim stratagem.

    We cannot afford to tolerate the spirit of the antichrist in the church or
    society. If you grant favors to Islam you will become another casualty of
    Satan and a trophy of hell. Time will tell.Law makers and policy makers who do
    this are ignorant of Satan’s devices. You have no understanding of your enemy.
    You will be double crossed and booby trapped! Becoming wise in your own
    conceits you will be a fool, and like a little boy seduced into
    playing a killer man’s war game. You and your children will die at the
    hands of the enemy.Schools, universities, companies and even churches are
    swallowing this gigantic demonic lie of tolerance and religious
    diversity while all the time true Christianity is being excluded from the
    public arena. Wake up! Open your spiritual eyes! The enemy has lulled you
    to sleep with evil intentions to only convert you or kill you.It is not flesh
    and blood we war against. We are to love all peoples of all religions. It is
    the spirit of antichrist prevalent in Islam that we are to despise. Who do you
    think is beheading people during the great tribulation in the book of
    Revelation?Here is what Rev. Franklin Graham had to say about Duke’s decision
    before they recanted.”As Christianity is being excluded from the public
    square and followers of Islam are raping, butchering and beheading Christians,
    Jews and anyone who doesn’t submit to their Sharia Islamic law, Duke is
    promoting this in the name of religious pluralism.”

    This has become personal to me. As I just stated, although as Christians we
    are to love all people, we are not called to love all religions. I realize that
    calling any religion a culture of death is very offensive, but as they say—if
    it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is
    clearly a duck.Anyone who does not confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God and
    does not receive His blood atonement for their sins abides in death.It is
    time to make it plain while we still have the fifth amendment.Honestly, the
    hypocrisy of a religion that rapes innocent women, murders children,
    consistently lies and deceives, and yet calls people to prayer should
    be repugnant to any sensible soul. All this talk of Islam being a
    peace-loving religion is one big, fat lie! It is a hateful and murderous
    religion.We cannot play with death. Death is not a fictional television series.
    It is not a popular gaming topic. It is the entryway into either eternal life
    or eternal death. And a culture that treats it lightly is playing with fire and
    rushing headlong into a big, black abyss.Islam denounces Jesus Christ’s deity.
    They denounce Christianity. They denounce Judaism. In their eyes all
    non-Muslims are infidels and deserve death. They are haters of all that is
    good. They despise life and liberty.

    Wake up, America! And the rest Wake
    up, church! Do not slumber !!!You can’t play nice with religions of death or
    you too will become a casualty of war and a trophy of hell.

    It is time to take extreme measures against an extreme enemy. Satan is
    playing for kills and for keeps.