A federal court decided on December 27th to have the Obama administration suspend enforcement of the abortion pill mandate against Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. The injunction will allow Grace to offer medical coverage to its employees without being forced to offer drugs the college sees as contrary to its religious convictions. This is a preliminary stay to the mandate while the federal case against the government continues.
“Grace appreciates the court’s decision in upholding our rights as a Christian based institution to keep our most core beliefs and convictions regarding the sanctity of human life,” said Grace President Bill Katip. “Although this is only the first step, we believe the courts will continue to see the unconstitutional nature of this mandate and continue to protect our religious freedoms.”
Grace filed its lawsuit jointly with Biola University in California against the federal government in August 2012. The suit is a direct challenge to the Department of Health and Human Services’ requirement which mandates that faith-based employers must provide insurance coverage to its employees which includes all government approved contraceptive drugs including those objected to by many as abortifacient. The joint suit filed by Grace and Biola University argues that the contraceptive mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the schools’ First and Fifth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.
For additional information concerning the federal law suit, see the press release from Alliance Defending Freedom at http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/8737.
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