The list of religious organizations filing lawsuits against the Obama administration over the birth control mandate is growing. The latest is notable because it’s not a Catholic organization. The Hill has the details.
Twenty-four lawsuits have been filed against the federal birth-control mandate so far, mostly from religious groups that view the policy as a dangerous erosion of religious freedom.
Foes of the mandate got a boost after Illinois-based Wheaton College — a prominent Protestant school — filed its own suit on Wednesday, joining mostly Catholic-affiliated institutions in arguing the mandate tramples on religious liberty.
“The government’s mandate unconstitutionally coerces Wheaton to violate its deeply held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines and penalties,” the complaint stated.
The onslaught of lawsuits was spurred by a White House policy that seeks to expand access to birth control by requiring that most employers cover it in their health insurance plans without a co-pay.
The policy exempts churches and houses of worship, but not religiously affiliated institutions such as hospitals and universities.
But Wheaton’s involvement shows that Catholics aren’t alone in opposing the mandate, since many evangelical Christians view certain forms of birth control, such as the “morning-after” pill, as equivalent to abortion.
“The list of required services includes ‘morning after’ and ‘week after’ pills that claim the life of an unborn child within days of its conception,” Wheaton President Philip Ryken wrote in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday.
“During the period for public comment, Wheaton and many other evangelical colleges and universities objected that this requirement violated their belief in the sanctity of human life.” (Read More)
Should these cases make it to the Supreme Court, I wonder if Chief Justice John Roberts will perform some mental gymnastics to come up with a ruling finding this constitutional. Ugh.