More lawsuits challenge birth control mandate


UPDATED: Friday August 24, 2012 11:22 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two evangelical Christian colleges and a Catholic-owned business are the latest to file lawsuits challenging the contraceptive coverage mandate in President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Indiana's Grace College and California's Biola University.

ADF senior counsel Gregory Baylor says providing insurance coverage for birth control, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs would violate the schools' religious beliefs.

A separate federal lawsuit against the mandate was filed by the Thomas More Society on behalf of Triune Health Group, a suburban Chicago company whose Catholic owners say their mission is to treat each individual "with the human dignity and respect that God intended."

Last month, a Catholic-owned business in Colorado was granted a federal injunction blocking enforcement of the mandate.

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225-a-09-(Gregory Baylor, senior counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, in prepared statement)-"for their faith"-Gregory Baylor, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, says federal courts should strike down the health care law's requirement that they provide coverage for birth control. (23 Aug 2012)

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226-a-08-(Gregory Baylor, senior counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, in prepared statement)-"fundamental American freedoms"-Gregory Baylor, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, says religious employers shouldn't be required to provide what their faith condemns. (23 Aug 2012)

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