American Family Association files motion for injunction against Affordable Care Act

March 20, 2013

Legal Affairs

Liberty Institute and the Center for Religious Expression says its client, Tupelo-based American Family Association (AFA) has filed a motion and brief for a preliminary injunction against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

The motion was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Aberdeen Division.

AFA owns American Family Radio and identifies itself as “a national, distinctly Christian non-profit organization, whose mission is to speak out on moral issues in American society.”

The so-called “Obamacare” healthcare overhaul, which critics say is unconstitutional, has caused a lot of heartburn for Catholic and Protestant organizations, with much anxiety centered around employee insurance coverage provisions that include abortion-inducing drugs and related educational counseling.

AFA claims such provisions go against their religious convictions and leave them subject to fines and penalties. The organization filed a lawsuit last month.

“We are ready for this government coercion to stop, so that we can focus on ministry to the American family,” AFA president Tim Wildmon said in a released statement.

“This is a choice that the Obama administration, bound by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First and Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution, cannot impose on AFA,” Liberty’s general counsel Jeff Mateer said.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act constitutional last summer.

Read the memo and affidavit from AFA president Tim Wildmon.

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Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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