On Friday afternoon, a federal judge in Texas granted an injunction to two Baptist universities claiming that new laws mandating contraceptive coverage contradict their freedom of religion.
Although neither East Texas Baptist University nor Houston Baptist University stands entirely against all forms of birth control, both universities are strongly against the abortifacients covered by the Affordable Care Act. According to the Christian Post, the schools also "believe that the emergency contraceptives their group health-plan issuer ... will have to pay for under the Affordable Care Act's mandate cause abortions." Never mind that science says they don't, no matter how much you want to believe—the schools were granted their injunction under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Said the prosecuting attorney in a statement:
The government doesn't have the right to decide what religious beliefs are legitimate and which ones aren't... In its careful opinion, the Court recognized that the government was trying to move across that forbidden line, and said "No further!"
An exception to the mandate had already been made for churches and religious nonprofits seeking to avoid providing contraception to employees. But now with schools and even for-profit companies wanting to apply their free practice of religion to other people, it seems that one of the simplest of the Obamacare rules will continue to grow more complicated by the day, all the way up to the Supreme Court.
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