Wheaton College, an Illinois school considered by many to be the leading higher education institution in the evangelical community, has joined the throng of religious organizations suing to overturn the Obama Administration’s contraception mandate. The mandate, part of the “Obamacare” socialized health plan, requires that employers, including non-church religious organizations, provide free contraception — including abortion inducing drugs — with their employee health plans.
Wheaton, which filed the suit in partnership with Washington D.C.-based Catholic University of America (CUA), is being represented by the legal advocacy group Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
“Wheaton’s religious beliefs forbid it from participating in, providing access to, paying for, training others to engage in, or otherwise supporting abortion…” states the suit, filed in federal district court for the District of Columbia. “The government’s Mandate unconstitutionally coerces Wheaton to violate its deeply-held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines and penalties.” The suit goes on to state that the federal government “issued an administrative rule ... that runs roughshod over Wheaton’s religious beliefs, and the beliefs of millions of other Americans, by forcing it to provide health insurance coverage for abortifacient drugs and related education and counseling.”
Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund, said that the Obama-Administration enforced mandate “is not just a Catholic issue — it threatens people of all faiths. Wheaton’s historic decision to join the fight alongside a Catholic institution shows the broad consensus that the mandate endangers everyone’s religious liberty.”
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Wheaton College President Dr. Philip Ryken (photo)