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Autocam lawsuit over abortion mandate could reach Supreme Court


Caroline MacGregor
June 13, 2013 | WGVU   In October 2012 Autocam president and CEO, John Kennedy, announced plans to sue the federal government for being forced to comply with the abortion-related mandates of the Affordable Care Act.

The Kentwood based company employs 680 people and makes fuel injection parts for the automotive industry and components for medical instruments. On Tuesday, June 11th, the Thomas More Society entered oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit Court on behalf of Autocam.

"Now that the arguments have been heard the parties will have to wait for the panel to render its decision. Once that happens we will have to determine where to go from there. I don't think there's any question that if we can't get relief from the 6th Circuit, we'll ask the Superme Court of the United States to provide us with relief.”

Special counsel for the Thomas More Society, Patrick Gillin, who says as the owner of Autocam, Kennedy feels his faith is being compromised.

"Depending on what stance the courts take on preliminary relief, the believer is put in a terrible predicament."

Under Obamacare, the Health and Human Services mandate requires business owners to provide group insurance coverage of abortions, sterilization, and birth control for their employees. And while he struggles with his religious convictions, Kennedy has to make a decision.

"They're forcing me to do things to add to our plan that violate my conscience such as the morning after pill or the week after pill which we view as abortion inducing pills."

"For the time being he has decided he will provide the mandated coverage while he seeks a resolution in court. If he can't receive relief he'll have to revisit that decision and it's deeply distressing to him."

Kennedy sent a letter to employees imploring them not to access the particular benefits he objected to on religious grounds. He says for the most part his employees are respecting his views on the mandates.

Kennedy said his company could lose up to $100 per day per employee – or 24 million a year, if he fails to comply.

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