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High Court Gives Wheaton Break over HHS Mandate

09-08-2014
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The Supreme Court has given a break to an evangelical college that objects to the birth control mandate in Obamacare.

Wheaton College opposes forms of emergency contraception that may cause abortions, but it does provide coverage for other types of birth control.

The court ruled that Wheaton does not have to fill out a contested form required for the government while its case is on appeal through the courts. The form allows a third party to provide the controversial emergency contraception on Wheaton's behalf.

But the not-for-profit college said even submitting that document violates its religious freedom.

"The case is about whether the government can say, 'We're going to force you to violate your faith or pay a fine.' Today it's contraceptives and abortion-causing drugs. Tomorrow what else is it going to be?" Kyle Duncan, with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asked.

"On the eve of Independence Day, we are grateful to God that the Supreme Court has made a wise decision in protecting our religious liberty-at least until we have an opportunity to make our full case in court," Wheaton President Philip Ryken said.

"We continue to believe that a college community that affirms the sanctity of human life from conception to the grave should not be coerced by the government into facilitating the provision of abortion-inducing drugs," he said.

Earlier this week the that privately owned businesses with religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs do not have to provide the "emergency contraception."

Dozens of other nonprofits and charities still have cases pending in lower courts.

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