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Businessman sues government over birth control mandate

HASTINGS, Minn. — A Hastings business owner has filed a federal lawsuit against the government, saying portions of the Affordable Care Act violate his religious beliefs.

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Doug Erickson, who owns the Hastings Ford and Hastings Chrysler car dealerships, said the government is asking him to fund morning-after pills as part of the ACA. Since Erickson believes that life begins at conception and those pills make a uterus inhospitable to human life, he can’t support them, he said.

The suit seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction to stop this portion of the act from being mandatory.

If he doesn’t fund them, Erickson could be fined $100 per employee per day until he does, said Jeremiah Dys, a lawyer with the Liberty Institute.

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