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Tyndale House Wins Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate

Tyndale House, one of the largest privately-held Christian publishers of books, Bibles, and digital media, won its lawsuit against the HHS mandate with a ruling issued by a federal district court on July 15.

The permanent victory means that the Christian-owned publishing house will not be subject to the federal contraceptive mandate, which was issued four years ago by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS). The mandate, which is a provision under the Affordable Care Act, requires employers to offer health insurance plans covering contraception, sterilization, and some drugs that can cause early abortions.

Tyndale House is a for-profit publishing house owned by the Christian non-profit Tyndale House Foundation, which funds Christian charities and received 96% of Tyndale House Publishers’ profits. 

The company joins hundreds of other plaintiffs that have filed lawsuits against the HHS mandate with the argument that the Obama administration’s directive violates the right to free exercise of religion. These lawsuits against the contraception mandate remain in courts across the country.