Brief Exposes Health Risks of HHS Contraceptive Mandate
PR Log - Sep 28, 2012 - As lawsuits around the nation move forward to oppose the coercive HHS Contraceptive Mandate of Obamacare, a new amicus brief filed by Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF) and Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) highlights what a federal district court considers a "unique perspective and analysis."
On the heels of an opposing amicus brief filed by the ACLU, the federal district court allowed the filing of the BDF-LLDF friend of the court brief because it "claims the Government failed to consider evidence of the serious health risks connected with using contraceptive drugs -- an argument not addressed in the parties' briefs."
The brief, compiled with the assistance of several medical advisors, concisely summarizes significant increased risks of heart attack, stroke, breast/cervical/liver cancer and greater susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections. These serious health risks debunk the Government's alleged "compelling interest" in providing "preventive care" for women.
The ruling also recognized the interest of BDF and LLDF based on briefing showing that "the FDA-approved contraceptive methods have the capacity to terminate the life of a human being at the embryonic stage of development." The brief presented the embryology and pharmacology of the drugs' capacity to terminate human life to underscore the gravity of the moral objections of the employers bringing the lawsuit.
The amicus brief was filed in support of the preliminary injunction motion being argued today by Legatus, a Catholic business organization, along with Weingartz Supply Company and its president Daniel Weingartz. BDF and LLDF plan on filing the medical brief in other HHS Mandate lawsuits across the nation.
Read the Brief and Court Order allowing it into the proceedings here:
BDF senior counsel Dorinda Bordlee is available for Press Interviews. Contact 504-231-7234 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bioethics Defense Fund is a non-profit legal organization that puts law in the service of life, www.BDFund.org.