A #Christian publishing house that's challenging an #ACA mandate for contraception coverage has won at least a temporary battle.
Tyndale House Publishers is a Christian publishing company, founded in 1962, that produces books ranging from Bible commentaries to Christian fiction. It emploiys 260 full-time workers, and provides insurance though a self-insured health plan. Citing religious beliefs, the health plan omits coverage of abortion or family planning.
Observes Judge Walton:
"Tyndale is a closely-held corporation owned by four entities united by their Christian faith, each of which plays a distinct role in achieving shared, religious objectives. Christian principles, prayer, and activities are pervasive at Tyndale, and the company’s ownership structure is designed to ensure that it never strays from its faith-oriented mission."
Furthermore, Walton reasoned, "(since) the beliefs of a closely-held corporation and its owners are inseparable, the corporation should be deemed the alter-ego of its owners for religious purposes." That's enough, Walton says, to give Tyndale standing to challenge the health care law's enforcement under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Which leads Walton to this bottom line:
"Absent a preliminary injunction, the plaintiffs are at the risk of being sued, in addition to either being subject to the considerable financial penalties stemming from the failure to comply with the contraceptive coverage mandate, or being forced to violate their stated religious beliefs by changing the nature of the contraceptive coverage provided under their health care plan."