Grace College and Biola University Win Federal Court Case Over Abortion-Pill Mandate
On June 4, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana issued a final decision in the abortion-pill mandate case. Grace College & Seminary was one of two plaintiffs. The injunction and declaratory judgment issued Monday permanently protect religious institutions like Grace from the Obamacare abortifacient mandate. No longer will Christian colleges and organizations be forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs and contraception through their employee health plans or risk heavy penalties from the federal government. The decision represents a significant win for religious freedom in America.
Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary, issued the following statement Tuesday in response to the court decision: “We are heartened and encouraged by the district court’s ruling in our favor, affirming that Christian institutions like ours should not be forced to abandon our religious beliefs to remain lawful. We will continue to provide excellent health care benefits to our employees that maintain our moral convictions, including the sanctity of human life.”
News of the federal court decision was covered by many national media outlets, including the following article from Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN News):
A federal district court is blocking the federal government from enforcing the Obama abortion-pill mandate against Christian colleges in Indiana and California.
“After reconsideration of their position, defendants with the federal government now agree that enforcement of the rules regarding the contraceptive mandate against employers with sincerely held religious objections would violate the RFRA…,” the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, wrote in its order in Grace Schools v. Azar. It added that “the public interest in the vindication of religious freedom favors the entry of an injunction and declaratory judgment.”
The order also declares that the mandate violates the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Signed by President Bill Clinton, the 1993 act ensures that interests in religious freedom are protected.
The Obama-era mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception through their health plans under threat of heavy penalties. The Department of Justice, under the Trump administration, abandoned its defense of the flawed mandate, which the Department of Health and Human Services implemented during the previous administration.
Both Grace College and Seminary in Indiana and Biola University in California were represented by attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom.
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