It was only last Wednesday that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied Hobby Lobby an injunction to block enforcement of an Obamacare mandate forcing the craft store chain to provide its employees morning-after abortion pills as part of its insurance coverage. Yesterday, however, a federal judge granted Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan the emergency injunction that Hobby Lobby had been seeking.
“Causing death can never be considered a form of medical treatment,” said Monaghan in his filing.
Federal Judge Lawrence Zatkoff issued his order late Sunday, saying Thomas Monaghan had “shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion.”
“The (federal) government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest,” said Zatkoff, a 1986 Reagan appointee. “Therefore, the court finds that plaintiffs have established at least some likelihood of succeeding on the merits” of their claim.
Monaghan sold his majority interest in the pizza chain in 1998. He filed for the injunction on behalf of Domino’s Farms Corp., his Michigan property management firm. That hasn’t stopped early rumblings of a Domino’s Pizza boycott by Obamacare supporters.
Did we mention that Monaghan sold his stake in Domino’s Pizza more than a decade ago?
Correction: An earlier version of this post included a photo of a RU-486 pill. According to PolitiFact, coverage of the RU-486 pill is not mandated under Obamacare. Coverage of Plan B and Ella, which prevent fertilization of an egg or the implantation of a fertilized egg, is mandated.
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