Christian Colleges Challenge ‘Contraceptive Mandate’ as Unconstitutional
From Left: John H. Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America; William K.Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College; Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver, president of East Texas Baptist University; Allison Garrett, senior vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma Christian University; and Laura Champion, medical director of Calvin College Health Services
By Joy Pullmann
hree CCCU member institutions have filed suit against the federal government for requiring their health insurance plans to cover abortifacients and sterilization, on the grounds
that this requirement violates their First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion and freedom of speech and violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA). Several other CCCU
schools are expected to file similar suits. That so many institutions have filed suit on the same issue is unprecedented in CCCU history. In August 2011, the Obama administration issued a rule, pursuant to the 2010 health care law, that requires all employers to provide health insurance that covers all forms of contraceptives and sterilization at no cost to the recipient. In addition to traditional forms of birth control, the FDA also classifies Plan B, the “morning after pill,” and Ella, the “week after pill,” as contraceptives, though many religious people consider them to be abortion-causing drugs, otherwise known as abortifacients.
CCCU Advance | Spring 2012