Prominent Evangelical College Joins Lawsuit Against Contraception Mandate

Wheaton College, a prominent evangelical university, joined several Catholic institutions in filing lawsuits against the Obamacare provision that requires employer-based insurers to cover birth control. However, Wheaton has chosen to pile onto the effort to brand the contraception mandate as an “attack on religious liberty” at an inopportune time. Yesterday, a federal judge dismissed a similar lawsuit against the ACA’s birth control provision on the grounds that religious groups are not being forced to violate their conscience, citing the facts that there is a clear exemption for religiously affiliated institutions and the regulation won’t go into effect until 2013 anyway.