Four Christian universities in Oklahoma have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's mandate to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception.
Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mid-America Christian University specifically object to providing coverage for abortifacients.
“Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to the beliefs that define them,” said attorney Gregory S. Baylor. “This mandate leaves religious employers with no real choice: you must either comply and abandon your religious freedom and conscience, or resist and be taxed for your faith. If religious convictions mean nothing in this context, there is no stopping what the government can ultimately do.”
The lawsuit claims that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
The suit says the federal government continues “to treat entities like the Universities as second-class religious organizations, not entitled to the same religious freedom rights as substantially similar entities that qualify for the exemption” to the mandate, and that the “rationale for entirely exempting churches and integrated auxiliaries from the regulations--their employees are likely to share their religious convictions--applies equally to the Universities.”