Federal judge exempts Christian college from Obamacare’s contraception mandate

Sterling Beard
Director of Journalism Training

  • Christian college wins injunction against Obamacare’s contraception provision.
  • Judge ruled earlier this year that the school does not have to provide students with contraceptive insurance.
  • Both injunctions are preliminary.
  • A small Christian college in Beaver Falls, Pa, will not be required to provide its employees with insurance coverage for contraception, abortion-inducing drugs or devices, a U.S. District Court ruled Monday.

    In the 30-page ruling, Judge Joy Flowers Conti of the Western District of Pennsylvania granted a preliminary injunction against the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate on the grounds that the school would otherwise “be forced to choose between: (a) violating its religious convictions by acquiescing to a government requirement that it facilitate access to abortion-inducing drugs and devices; and (b) violating its religious convictions by cancelling all health care coverage for it’s employees.”

    "Religious organizations such as churches are excluded from the mandate but religious nonprofit organizations like Geneva College, which is funded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, are not."   

    Religious organizations such as churches are excluded from the mandate but religious nonprofit organizations like Geneva College, which is funded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, are not.

    Monday’s ruling marks the second time Conti has ruled in favor of Geneva College; six months ago, Conti also granted another injunction, ruling that the school did not have to provide its students with contraceptive insurance.

    Both injunctions are preliminary, meaning the case can continue in the Western District.

    According to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which keeps a scorecard of suits against the contraceptive mandate, injunctions have been granted in 7 of 43 lawsuits brought by nonprofits with only one injunction denied; the remainder of cases are pending.

    Via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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    Sterling Beard

    Sterling Beard

    Director of Journalism Training
    Sterling Beard is Campus Reform's Director of Journalism Training. Prior to joining Campus Reform, he spent time as an editorial associate for National Review Online and as a staff writer at The Hill, where he served as the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Lyn Nofziger Fellow and regularly appeared across the country on Fox News Radio to provide analysis of current events. In 2017, Sterling was named to The Chronicle of Higher Education's Influence List, one of nine people who "affected federal policy, campus culture, and the national conversation about education in 2017 — and who are likely to remain influential in the year ahead."
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