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Businessman sues government over birth control mandate

News Dickinson,North Dakota 58602
The Dickinson Press
Businessman sues government over birth control mandate
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

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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