One family’s stand for faith and freedom: The Mersinos’ battle against the HHS mandate || by Dustin Siggins | Courtesy; Thomas More Law Center

Thomas More Law Center

Karen and Rod Mersino with daughter-in-law Erinat Legatus conference in Orlando.  Credit: Steve Jalsevac/LifeSiteNews

NN ARBOR, MI, March 13, 2014 ( – Erin Mersino is a lawyer with the Thomas More Law Center. When she entered service to the pro-life, pro-family, and pro-freedom movement three years ago with the center, she had no idea that one battle would become personal.

“I am extremely humbled and proud to be representing Karen and Rod Mersino – my parents-in-law, and two of the people most dear to my heart,” she told LifeSiteNews. 

There have been over 90 lawsuits filed against the federal government to protect religious liberty since the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) mandated coverage of abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception by employers. One of them was filed by the Mersinos and their business, Mersino Management Company. 

The lawsuit was filed by the Thomas More Law Center on March 22, 2013. The Mersinos oppose the HHS mandate because, according to Erin, it “forces the Mersinos to pay for and provide, as part of their employee health plan, products and services that directly violate the doctrine of the Catholic Church.”
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