CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Calling the mandate a violation of the First Amendment, South Charleston car dealer Joe Holland is challenging an Affordable Care Act provision that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover morning-after pills.
"No West Virginian should be fined or penalized by their government for simply living one's life as a person of faith in public," Jeremiah Dys, president of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, said Tuesday in a prepared statement. "Today, Joey Holland stands up for all West Virginians, who simply wish to live, learn, and do business according to their faith."
Joe Holland Chevrolet, a family-owned car dealership with more than 150 employees, could face fines of more than $15,000 a day if Holland's request for relief isn't granted by July 1, according to a release from the Liberty Institute and the Family Policy Council.
Those two organizations, along with attorneys from Robinson & McElwee PLLC, filed the lawsuit June 24 in U.S. District Court on behalf of Holland and the dealership, both of whom are named as plaintiffs.
Holland's lawsuit contends that by forcing the dealership to include in its group health insurance coverage "drugs that induce abortion ... and contraceptive counseling," the law deprives the company of their right to practice their Christian religious beliefs.
Holland recently drew criticism when a group he is a member of sponsored abstinence-only speaker Pam Stenzel's talk at George Washington High School.
The Affordable Care Act requires new insurance plans to cover access to FDA-approved contraceptives, including Plan-B and "ella," known as morning-after pills.
Holland believes that the morning-after pills and anything that stops the growth of a human embryo after the point of conception is abortion, Dys said.