The Missouri federal district court judge ruled against O’Brien Industrial Holdings, a secular, for-profit company that does not qualify for the mandate's religious employer exemption, although the owner is Catholic. In her ruling, Jackson stated that:
Indirect financial support of a practice, from which a plaintiff himself abstains according to his religious principles does not violate the owner’s freedom of religion. Plaintiffs remain free to exercise their religion, by not using contraceptives and by discouraging employees from using contraceptives.The company had argued that requiring it to contribute to a general health care plan—and thus potentially indirectly providing contraceptives to female employees—infringed upon the owner’s religious exercise rights under the First Amendment.
Can we send these nitwits a bill for all of the tax dollars that were wasted at the behest of The Bishops?