Dominos Pizza Founder Tom Monaghan Sues Federal Government Over Obamacare, Contraception Mandates

A Domino’s Pizza restaurant storefront is seen on June 21, 2012 in Glendale, California. (Photo: Getty Images)

(TheBlaze/AP) — The founder of Domino’s Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.

Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says abortion and contraception aren’t health care but a “gravely immoral” practice.

He filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court. It also lists as a plaintiff Domino’s Farms, a Michigan office park complex that Monaghan owns.

Monaghan offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees.  The new federal law requires employers to offer insurance including contraception coverage, or risk heavy fines.

But Monaghan says the law violates his rights, pointing out that it is not his responsibility to pay for the sexual habits of his employees, and is asking a judge to strike down the mandate. There are similar lawsuits pending nationwide.

A message left Saturday for Monaghan’s attorney, Richard Thompson, was not immediately returned.

Monaghan is not the first pizza giant to speak out against the president’s health care overhaul.  Aside from former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter said it was “common sense” that there would be cutbacks as the result of thousands of pages of new regulation (but later backtracked).

The government, meanwhile, says the contraception mandate benefits women.

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