A judge has temporarily halted a federal mandate that would have required Cornerstone University’s (Michigan) insurance coverage to include certain contraceptives the university objects to on religious grounds.
U.S. District Judge Mark W. Bennett granted Cornerstone’s request for a temporary injunction this week. It effectively prevents a contraceptive mandate within the Affordable Care Act from taking effect at the university – at least for the time being. Cornerstone, a private Christian college, is suing the federal government in response to the contraceptive mandate, saying it violates the university’s religious beliefs. Cornerstone’s insurance covers some forms of birth control, but the university is against providing “access to drugs that can induce abortions.”
Dordt College, a private college in Iowa affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, is also a plaintiff in the lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in Iowa.
The Affordable Care Act requires all employers – religious or not – to provide employees with free contraceptive coverage, including the morning-after pill and sterilization.
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