With the recent news of President Obama’s veto of the bill that would drain funding for Planned Parenthood, the debate over religious freedom, abortion, and birth control have been in the news and media spotlight. The Alliance Defending Freedom organization announced this week that an uprising has begun, challenging the new mandates of the Obama Administration regarding employers and their health plans. More than 200 members of congress, coupled with other theologians, legal experts, and twenty states, have filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court to oppose the mandates, which force groups to violate their religious and pro-life beliefs.
The mandates from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services require employers to provide abortifacient drugs, sterilization and birth control through their health insurance plans. Among those opposing the abortifacient pharmaceuticals are Geneva College in Pennsylvania and four universities in Oklahoma: Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mid-America Christian University. ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman weighed in, saying “The administration continues to impose the same unacceptable choice: obey and abandon your freedom, or resist and be punished. The Obama administration has offered no option to religious non-profits that allows them to act consistent with their faith. As the briefs filed today urge, the Supreme Court should rule in accord with its Hobby Lobby/Conestoga decision and ensure that people of faith are not punished for making choices consistent with that faith.”
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