“I never thought I’d see the day where the United States government
is telling me I don’t have religious freedom as an employer –
even as an employer of a Christian ministry.”

— Dr. James Dobson

Hear Dr. Dobson discuss his case with Alan Sears and Matt Bowman

What's At Stake

  • Your freedom to govern your ministry or business according to your faith
  • Your freedom to refuse to help provide another person’s abortion pills.
  • The Freedom to live your life consistent with your faith without fear of crippling government fines

The Family Talk Story

In May of 2014, under Obamacare’s mandate, the government will force Dr. James Dobson’s health insurance coverage to provide access for abortion-inducing drugs for his ministry’s employees at Family Talk. As a best-selling author, radio host, founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk, and a founder of Alliance Defending Freedom, Dr. James Dobson has spent over 36 years in ministry spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, strengthening families, and protecting the sanctity of human life.

Unfortunately, the record of active Christian ministry and the thousands of families impacted by his ministry are not enough to qualify FamilyTalk for a religious exemption from the Obamacare’s HHS mandate. This mandate requires employers to offer policies that trigger funding for abortion inducing drugs or face crippling fines that would crush Family Talk.

Dr. James Dobson and Family Talk will not comply with this unjust law, and have called upon Alliance Defending Freedom to defend them in court.

What is Obamacare's Abortion Pill Mandate?

Obamacare’s abortion pill mandate forces most employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to offer insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs. Job creators who don’t comply face the threat of heavy penalties—$100 per day, per employee.

“If the government has the power to put families out of business and working people out of jobs to impose its agenda, there is no limit to the damage it can do to freedom.”
Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney David Cortman.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing more than twenty private colleges and family businesses; all of which have deeply-held convictions regarding the sanctity of human life. Learn More

Case Summary

Family Talk maintains a self-insured insurance plan for its employees, in which the organization acts as its own insurer.  As a matter of religious conviction, Family Talk excludes abortion-causing drugs and devices (like the “week after” pill, or IUDs) from its employee health insurance plan.  Obamacare’s mandate, however, requires Family Talk to provide access to these abortion-causing items for employees covered by its health plan.  If Family Talk chooses not to, it will be subjected to crushing fines. 

The federal government has provided an extremely narrow exemption from this requirement for religious employers such as houses of worship.

Family Talk does not qualify for this exemption.

The federal government has also provided what it calls an “accommodation” for religious employers like Family Talk that do not qualify for the exemption. 

But under this “accommodation,” Family Talk must obtain a third-party claims administrator and submit a form that specifically obligates the third-party administrator to arrange payment for the abortion-causing drugs and devices.  Simply put, under the accommodation Family Talk must hire someone else to provide coverage for items that Family Talk objects to providing coverage for. Of course this is no “accommodation” of beliefs at all, as Family Talk would still be providing access to abortion-causing drugs and devices.

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