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Baptist College Sues Over Contraceptive Mandate
Associated Baptist Press ^ | 2/22/12 | Bob Allen

Posted on 02/24/2012 8:32:48 AM PST by marshmallow

ALEXANDRIA, La. (ABP) – A Baptist college in Louisiana is suing the federal government over a requirement that religious schools and hospitals cover contraceptives in insurance for their employees, including birth control pills that induce abortion.

The Alliance Defense Fund filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 18 in Alexandria, La., on behalf of Louisiana College, a private Christian school affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. The lawsuit claims that new rules mandating coverage of FDA-approved contraceptives violate the college’s confession of faith, the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, which upholds the “sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.”

The lawsuit cites SBC resolutions opposing the manufacture and sale of RU-486, called the “abortion pill” because it is taken to end an early pregnancy after unprotected sex or if other birth control fails. It also points to FDA approval in 2010 of ella, an emergency contraceptive effective up to five days after conception.

The lawsuit says requiring Louisiana College to provide health insurance for its employees that covers abortion-inducing drugs would violate “sincerely held religious beliefs regarding abortion.” It seeks to block enforcement of the contraceptive mandate as a violation of the school’s constitutional rights under the First and Fourth amendments, as well as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“LC cannot provide health care insurance covering abortion, abortifacient or embryo-endangering methods, or related education and counseling without violating its deeply held religious beliefs and its Christian witness,” the lawsuit maintains.

It describes a compromise announced Feb. 10 by President Obama requiring insurance companies to pay for birth control if religious employers object as “fictitious,” because insurers would pass those costs on to employers through premiums. It says that even trying to determine whether a school like Louisiana College qualifies for exemption from the rule as a religious institution............

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1 posted on 02/24/2012 8:32:50 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Amen! Resist every step of the way!

2 posted on 02/24/2012 8:38:38 AM PST by jafojeffsurf (Return to the Constitution)
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