Obama admin retreats from bout with Bible publisher

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The Obama administration has decided not to pursue its attempt to force Tyndale House Publishers to provide contraceptive and abortifacient drugs to its employees before the company’s legal challenge goes to court.

In an unexpected development in the case on Friday, a federal court dismissed the government’s appeal of a November ruling that temporarily blocked enforcement of what has become known as the contraceptive mandate. Under Obamacare, companies with more than 50 employees must provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives and medication that can cause abortions. The government provided an exception for churches but not for religious social service agencies or employers.

Tyndale, based in Carol Stream, Ill., is one of 190 employers, companies, and organizations that have filed suit over the mandate.

In issuing his November ruling in favor of the publishing house, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said the mandate “affirmatively compels the plaintiffs to violate their religious beliefs in order to comply with the law and avoid the sanctions that would be imposed for their noncompliance.”

At first, government lawyers appealed the decision, as they have done in every case involving a temporary injunction. But on Friday, the government decided it would have a hard time defending its position against a company that prints Bibles and other religious texts, lawyers for the company said.

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