Domino’s Founder Sues Gov’t Over Contraception Mandate

by Nate Wooley | December 18, 2012 10:23 am

[1]Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ[2]), is suing the federal government over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

Monaghan’s suit claims that the mandate that employer-provided health insurance covers birth control violates his right to religious freedom. He calls birth control “gravely immoral,” The Hill reports[3].

The suit is brought by Monaghan not on behalf of Domino’s Pizza, but on behalf of Monaghan himself and Domino’s Farms, an office park owned by Monaghan. The suit was filed in federal court last Friday.

The policy, enacted last year, requires employers who provide health insurance to ensure their plans offer numerous birth control options.

In October, a federal judge ruled in a similar case[4] that the mandate does not violate the constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom. However, even with that ruling, more than 40 similar cases are working their way through the courts.

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