A federal judge has dismissed Wheaton College’s lawsuit against the Obama administration, objecting over a mandate that requires employee health insurance plans to cover contraception.
Wheaton, a Christian liberal arts college in Illinois, filed a federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C. in July objecting to a U.S. Health & Human Services directive that employers must offer group health insurance plans that provide women with certain forms of preventive care, including all FDA-approved forms of contraception, without cost sharing. Religious institutions such as Wheaton, Catholic University of America and Notre Dame University, all claim the mandate violates their religious freedom by forcing them to go against their teachings.
However, because Wheaton already covered contraception in its health insurance plans, administrators had to scramble to remove that coverage in order to sue the federal government.
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