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Triune Health Grp v HHS

Triune Health Grp v HHS

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Order Form (01/2005)
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Name of Assigned Judgeor Magistrate Judge
Amy J. St. Eve
Sitting Judge if Otherthan Assigned Judge
CASE NUMBER
12 C 6756
DATE
1/3/2013
CASETITLE
Triune Health Group, Inc vs. United States Dept of Health & Human Services et al
DOCKET ENTRY TEXT
The Court grants Plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction [36].
O
[ For further details see text below.]
Notices mailed by Judicial staff.
STATEMENT
Before the Court is Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction. (R. 36, Inj. Mot.) Plaintiffs filed amemorandum of law supporting both their motion for preliminary injunction and in opposition toDefendants’ motion to dismiss. (R. 37, Inj. Mem.) The Court addresses only the preliminary injunction atthis time. For the following reasons, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion.
BACKGROUND
“Plaintiffs[] Christopher and Mary Anne Yep are ardent and faithful adherents of the Roman Catholicreligion.” (R. 21, Amend. Compl. ¶ 2.) The Yeps own and control Plaintiff Triune Health Group, Inc., a for-profit corporation. (
 Id 
. ¶¶ 3, 12.) Triune is a corporation that specializes in facilitating the re-entry of injuredworkers into the workforce. (
 Id 
. ¶ 19.)The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the PPACA”) included regulations mandatingthat employers include in their group health benefit plans coverage for preventative care for women thatPlaintiffs deem “wholly at odds with their religious and moral values and sincere religious beliefs and sacredcommitments.” (
 Id 
. ¶ 5);
see also
42 U.S.C. § 300gg-13(a)(4). Plaintiffs specifically believe that abortion,contraception (including abortifacients), and sterilization are “gravely wrong and sinful.” (
 Id 
. ¶ 33.)“Plaintiffs believe that providing their employees with coverage for drugs and services that facilitate suchimmoral practices constitutes cooperation with evil that violates the laws of God.” (
 Id. ¶ 
34.) Under thePPACA’s mandate, however, Triune would be required to provide a group health plan covering the full rangeof Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and to provideeducation and counseling with respect to these matters for all women with reproductive capacity. (
 Id 
. ¶ 40);
see also
42 U.S.C. § 300gg-13(a)(4)
;
45 C.F.R. § 147.130.
Courtroom DeputyInitials:KF
12C6756 Triune Health Group, Inc vs. United States Dept of Health & Human Services et alPage 1 of 2
Case: 1:12-cv-06756 Document #: 49 Filed: 01/03/13 Page 1 of 2 PageID #:550

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