“The Obama Administration is violating the American freedom of conscience by forcing private businesses to either pay for abortion-inducing drugs or risk going out of business. This is an unconstitutional overreach which tramples on the American
Dream,” noted AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest

WASHINGTON, D.C. (02-04-13) Today, Americans United for Life filed an amicus curiae brief supporting legal challenges to the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional “HHS mandate.”  The Obamacare mandate forces companies and organizations to provide employees with insurance coverage which would include coverage for life-ending drugs and devices.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, commented, “Drury Hotels has been providing quality healthcare coverage to their employees in a conscience-affirming manner for years.  However, in a blatant disregard for personal rights of conscience, the Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate violates these constitutional protections.”

AUL filed the brief, now pending before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Cyril Korte v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on behalf of Drury Development Corporation, Drury Southwest, Inc., and Drury Hotels Company, LLC.  The Drury family of companies employ over 3,400 full-time employees.  These companies own and operate hotels, office buildings, shopping centers, billboard companies, and convenience gasoline stations.

Drury’s support of this case is joined by seven national medical organizations: Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Christian Medical Association, Catholic Medical Association, the National Catholic Bioethics Center, Physicians for Life, and National Association of Pro Life Nurses. 

In December, a federal judge denied preliminary relief to the plaintiff in this case, claiming that the constitutional “free exercise” of religion clause does not apply to companies.  This case is one of over forty cases involving conscience rights currently pending in federal courts across the nation.

AUL’s brief, available here, argues that forcing a person to pay for life-ending drugs against their moral beliefs violates basic constitutional rights, undermines conscience-affirming precedents, and contradicts historic American principles.  For more information regarding freedom of conscience and life-affirming healthcare see www.realhealthcarerespectslife.com.