“The track record so far is pretty good,” Baylor said.
In a statement, OBU President David Whitlock said the university could face fines of millions of dollars per year if it chose not to comply with the Department of Health and Human Services mandate.
"We did not enter into this action lightly, but believe the federal government has given us no alternative,” Whitlock said. "The HHS mandate requires every employer, including Christian educational institutions like OBU, to provide insurance coverage for items we believe violate our religious beliefs.”
The universities aren't the only Oklahoma institutions challenging the mandate. Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a similar lawsuit last year. At the time, David Green, the company's founder and CEO, said the new mandate forced his family to choose between following federal law and maintaining their religious convictions.
Earlier this year, the company won a preliminary injunction that allowed the company to avoid paying millions of dollars in fines for refusing to cover the cost of some contraceptives for its employees.