Federal Judge Halts Obama HHS Birth-Control Policy for Domino’s Pizza

The founder of Domino’s Pizza sued the federal government over the Obamacare HHS mandate in December. Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, currently offers health insurance to employees that excludes contraception and abortion. The Obama Administration and Democrats believe Monaghan should have to pay for these services despite his religious beliefs.

On Sunday, Federal District Court Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff ordered a temporary halt on the Obama Administration’s birth-control policy for Domino’s.
The Hill reported:

A federal judge has ordered a temporary halt on the Obama administration’s birth-control coverage policy for Tom Monaghan, the Catholic billionaire who founded Domino’s Pizza.

Federal District Court Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff issued the decision Sunday, less than two days before the policy would have taken effect and exposed Monaghan to fines for non-compliance.

“Plaintiff has shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion,” Zatkoff wrote.

“The government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest. … This factor weighs in favor of granting Plaintiffs’ motion.”

Monaghan recently filed suit against the policy, which requires most employers to cover a range of birth-control methods in their health plans. Churches and houses of worship are exempt, and employees of religiously affiliated institutions such as Catholic schools will be able to obtain birth control directly from their insurance company, also without a co-pay.

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  • Dwayne the Canoe Guy

    So what is the difference between Domino’s and Hobby Lobby?

  • Highlander

    And whatever happened to “equal protection”?

  • Joe Blow

    Same question as #1. That type of thing shows you just how unfair our judicial system works out for different groups.

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  • Liz

    Domino’s Pizza is now a publicly traded company. Monaghan retired and sold 93% of the company to Bain Capital in the late 90’s. It was later taken public.

    He took this action for another company that he owns. This is a quote from the Hill article that you referenced. “The suit comes on behalf of Monaghan and Domino’s Farms, a Michigan office park he owns, not Domino’s Pizza. ”

    By implying that the DP is getting the injunction is incorrect and may cause people to either boycott or buycott based on wrong information.

    The differences between the two cases is the result of the federal districts that they were filed in – Oklahoma vs Michigan – and the judges that reviewed the cases.

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  • ★FALCON★

    This country is finished. Done.

    Love your family and friends, we don’t have much time left.

    And to think it was all intentional, committed by a complicit congress and illegal usurper.

  • ★FALCON★

    One more point – I can’t help but wonder with this group of greedy kleptocrats – are the tax hikes retroactive to 2012?

    I bet that will be divulged at some point.

  • Granny

    The difference is two different Federal judges in two different jurisdictions. Sooner or later this will end up at SCOTUS. Here’s praying that the conservative members of the court have 24/7 security details.

  • Patty

    What Obama and the gang have done is cause so much confusion, anger and now more court time.

    This is the plan and I still can’t imagine what was going on in the mind of Supreme Court Judge Roberts.

    We are now talking about Big Businesses with money to fight, I ask what happens to the smaller ones who will die off.

    What a shame Americans with life long faith have to go through this.

  • Domino’s Pizza

    Domino’s founder Tom Monaghan sold the company in 1998 and today has no active affiliation with our company. The media often neglect to note this fact. Domino’s Pizza has made no public statements about health care, as we are still waiting to see how the final rules will affect our network of small business owners. This lawsuit does not involve Domino’s Pizza.

  • bigL

    for all the complaining by Card Dolan and the rest ,there was never a comment that the Roman
    Catholics shoould one time vote GOP. Never a comment to vote for Romney.
    And that amount was one more great amount fwd in defeating Obie. Might have been the entire
    difference in the votes
    So if you hear how the Roman Catholics are being shafted on this
    Abortion pill and Contraceptive mandate, don’t believe it/ They said eff the mandate, we vote democrat all the time no matter what.

  • Lilbby

    It’s not Domino’s Pizza.

  • Patty


    Christie Lashes Out Against Boehner After Vote On Sandy Aid Scrapped…
    ‘I Called the Speaker Four Times Last Night…He Did Not Take My Calls’…
    ‘Dereliction of duty’…
    ‘Our People Were Played As A Pawn, That’s Why People Hate Washington DC’…
    House Republican calls for donor boycott of his own party…


    Well the republican party keeps eating its own.

  • #12bigl…what did the leaders of your religion have to say about obamacare?

    your attitude is why conservatives have so much trouble politically in this country. even when people agree with you on an issue your bigotry prevents you from embacing them to fight together to win on that issue.

    as i have said here many times the catholic church doesn’t tell its members whom to vote for and i hope they never do. thats reserved for the black churches.

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  • Elizabeth

    Obama and Democrats are anti Christian BIGOTS.

  • Patty

    #17 January 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    Elizabeth commented:

    When just a few words tells the story. Thank you, Elizabeth.

  • Carol-Christian Soldier
  • bg


    one small step to save liberty..

    unfortunately for US, the dog and pony
    shows own this jokers 3 ring circus.. 😡


  • bg
  • Patty

    And then this: Obama to ‘Quickly’ Go for Immigration Reform and Gun Control