The federal government has backed down from trying to block a preliminary injuction against the HHS mandate for Tyndale House Publishers. This is the first time the federal government has backed down on such a case. According to an article on LifeSiteNews
, Tyndale "is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media and directs 96.5 percent of its profits to religious non-profit causes worldwide." More on the case from LifeSiteNews:
At the government’s own request, a federal appellate court Friday dismissed the Obama administration’s appeal of an order that stopped the president from enforcing the HHS birth control mandate against a Bible publisher. The administration’s retreat marks the first total appellate victory on a preliminary injunction in any abortion pill mandate case.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Tyndale House Publishers say the administration is apparently nervous about trying to defend its position that a Bible publisher is not religious enough for a religious exemption to the mandate.
“Bible publishers should be free to do business according to the book that they publish,” said Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “The government dismissed its appeal because it knows how ridiculous it sounds arguing that a Bible publisher isn’t religious enough to qualify as a religious employer.”
However, Bowman said that the decision doesn't go far enough, and that all family business owners should be free to conduct their businesses as they choose, and not to be forced to pay for drugs they disagree with.