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Eden Foods Obamacare Contraception Lawsuit Sparks Backlash From Customers

Apr 22, 2013

An organic food company is under fire for taking a controversial stance on the contraception requirements of Obamacare.

Eden Foods is suing the Obama administration in a Michigan federal court over a clause in the Affordable Care Act that requires health insurance offered by employers to provide contraceptive coverage to workers, according to Salon.

The law "forces employers and individuals to violate their religious beliefs,"and "attacks and desecrates a foremost tenet of the Catholic Church," according to the complaint filed by Eden Foods and Potter.

Customers and others took to Twitter to lash out against Eden:

Even some grocery stores featuring Eden Foods’ products are considering a ban. The Greene Hill Food Co-Op, a food co-operative in Brooklyn, New York, is debating whether to stop buying the company’s soy milk, Gothamist reports.

“The majority of the feedback has been against us but I think that component of the population is a little more aggressive in responding,” president and co-founder Michael Potter said in a recent interview with Annarbor.com. “We’ve had thoughtful comments, hateful comments, intelligent comments, and ludicrous comments.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, certain preventive health services, including contraceptives, are required to be included in all new health insurance plans without copayments, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (There is an exception for religious organizations.)

"This lawsuit does not block, or intend to block, anyone's access to heath care or reproductive management," Potter wrote in an emailed statement to HuffPost. "This lawsuit is about protecting religious freedom and stopping the government from forcing citizens to violate their conscience."

Eden's lawsuit echoes one filed last year by the founder of Domino's pizza, Tom Monaghan, whose company Domino's Farms Corp. recently was granted a preliminary injunction by a district court judge against enforcement of the contraception law. The company is not connected to Domino's Pizza.

Crafts retail chain Hobby Lobby is also fighting against the contraception mandate in court claiming that required coverage for some contraceptives is in violation of religious freedom. The chain store's case against Obamacare moved to the 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals this month, according to the Christian Post.

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