Four Christian universities in Oklahoma challenge federal contraceptive coverage requirement

Four Christian universities in Oklahoma are suing the Obama administration, claiming a federal mandate that requires employee insurance plans to cover contraceptives violates their religious freedom.
by Silas Allen Modified: September 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm •  Published: September 23, 2013
Advertisement
;

Four Christian universities in Oklahoma are suing the Obama administration, challenging the constitutionality of a federal mandate requiring employee insurance plans to cover contraceptives.

The lawsuit claims the mandate violates constitutional rights of freedom of religion.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian nonprofit, filed the suit Friday in Oklahoma City federal court on behalf of the four schools — Oklahoma Baptist University, Mid-America Christian University, Southern Nazarene University and Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

According to the lawsuit, the four universities are seeking an injunction that would prohibit Obama administration officials from requiring the universities' employee and student health insurance plans to cover contraception. That mandate is a part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

In particular, the universities take issue with a requirement that they cover emergency contraceptive drugs, commonly known as the morning-after pill. According to the suit, the universities contend those drugs are a form of abortion, which conflicts with their religious convictions.

Greg Baylor, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, said the universities haven't been offered the same protection from the mandate as other religious organizations like churches and denominations.

Baylor said the administration has offered no plausible rationale for limiting those protections to churches and denominations, but not religious colleges and universities.

“These colleges are being treated as sort of second-class organizations by the government,” he said.

Continue reading this story on the...

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
+ show more


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Texas A&M fan wearing what appears to be a chain mail jersey
  2. 2
    Satanic black mass seeks to free people from influence of God, organizer says
  3. 3
    Owasso beats Jenks for first time since 1993; Union rolls past BA
  4. 4
    Tulsa police officer recounts saving man from dog mauling
  5. 5
    Missing Tulsa pilot, plane found after authorities narrowed the search
+ show more