In a ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton said the federal government cannot compel Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, and his wife to pay for group health insurance that includes contraception coverage they consider religiously objectionable. Paul and Teresa Wieland are Catholics and the parents of three daughters, ages 15 to 22.
The Wielands launched their opposition to the rule in 2013, when he was a member of the House. They argued that the contraceptive benefit required by the Affordable Care Act violates their religious beliefs.
“We’re excited,” Wieland said Friday. “We know the government probably won’t agree, but this is a victory along the way. The government is trying to force me to buy a product that I consider morally offensive.”