Two More Evangelical Colleges Oppose HHS Anti-Conscience MandateBy Sarah Torre, The Foundry Blog from Heritage.org
Posted on: Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Two more evangelical schools are challenging the Obama Administrationâ€™s anti-conscience mandate, filing a joint lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Grace College and Seminary, an evangelical institution in Winona Lake, Indiana, and Biola University, a prominent Christian college in Mirada, California.
The lawsuit comes just a few weeks after the official implementation of the HHS mandate on August 1 and joins the lawsuits of some 60 organizations, including four other Protestant institutions.
Under the mandate, at the start of their next health plan year, both colleges will be forced to provide and pay for insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of their deeply held religious and moral objections to such drugs.
Both schools have fallen victim to the Obama Administrationâ€™s offensively constricted view of faith in public life. The mandate affords only the narrowest religious exemption in federal law that effectively only applies to formal houses of worship. Like many other religious employers, Grace College and Seminary and Biola University are left completely unprotected by the exemption simply because they serve individuals without regard to their creeds or backgrounds.Follow this link to read more.