CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston car dealer Joe Holland has again asked a federal judge to decide whether he must provide employees with morning-after birth-control pills as the Affordable Care Act mandates.
Similar cases filed around the country are becoming more controversial after split decisions from appeals courts.
Holland filed an amended complaint Friday after withdrawing his preliminary injunction request upon realizing his insurance company already provided the morning-after pills.
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.
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. The amended complaint simply drops the injunction language.
Joe Holland Chevrolet, a family-owned car dealership with more than 150 employees, believed when a preliminary injunction request was filed it could face fines of more than $15,000 a day (a $100 fine per day for each employee) if Holland's request for relief hadn't been granted by July 1.
However, soon after filing the lawsuit, it was discovered the company's insurance provider already covered the drugs and wouldn't stop without a court order.