Obama demands contraceptive coverage despite 72 court losses

Reaching the same conclusion as dozens of other courts, the 8th U.S. Circuit of Appeals has freed two Christian schools, Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan, from Obamacare’s abortion-pill mandate, because the law creates a burden on religious rights.


But that isn’t stopping the Obama administration from continuing to demand that organizations and companies meet its social agenda requirement.


The newest decision was announced Thursday by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has been busy handling related cases.


ADF points out the abortion-pill mandate scorecard shows the government losing 72-16 in the courts. But the Obama administration continues to fight for the provision in its health-care legislation that requires employers to provide birth-control coverage, including drugs that cause abortion, which violates the religious beliefs of many employers.


In the latest case, the 8th Circuit ruled the two schools are exempted from the mandate because it burdens their First Amendment religious rights. The court, furthermore, said that even if the government had a “compelling” reason for the requirement, the law does not provide the least intrusive means of accomplishing its aim.


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“In America, faith-based colleges and universities should be free to operate according to the faith they espouse and live out on a daily basis,” said Gregory S. Baylor, a senior counsel for ADF.


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