Former Domino's Pizza CEO Wins Temporary Block of Contraception Mandate

According to the CNN Belief Blog, billionaire business owner Thomas Monaghan, former CEO of Domino’s Pizza, convinced a federal judge to block enforcement of part of the Obamacare health reform bill relating to providing contraception and reproductive health services for employees. Judge Lawrence Zatkoff said Monaghan had shown that “abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion.”

“The (federal) government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest,” said Zatkoff. “Therefore, the court finds that plaintiffs have established at least some likelihood of succeeding on the merits” of their claim.

The case will continue to be heard in federal court, and the Obama administration has the option of appealing the order. Monaghan filed the petition this month on behalf of Domino’s Farms Group, a property management firm not related to the pizza-chain empire, the majority interest in which Monaghan sold in 1998.


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