As reported earlier on this site, Grace College was granted an injunction in federal court in South Bend, Ind., against the abortion pill mandate in the new health care law. Here’s a story from Wednesday’s Fort Wayne, Ind., Journal Gazette, which quotes Grace College president Dr. Bill Katip. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Grace College gets temporary reprieve on birth control mandate
A second religious organization in northeast Indiana has won a temporary reprieve from the contraception mandate of the federal health care law.
Grace College and Seminary of Winona Lake, along with Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., were granted a preliminary injunction they sought from a federal court against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The decision allows the schools to avoid providing their employees and students with medical insurance that covers birth-control methods and sterilization procedures. The contraception insurance requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is scheduled to take effect today.
U.S. District Judge Jon DeGuilio of the Northern District of Indiana in South Bend granted the injunction Friday, the same day he approved a similar request from the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and six affiliates in Indiana and Illinois. …
“Grace appreciates the court’s decision in upholding our rights as a Christian based institution to keep our most core beliefs and convictions regarding the sanctity of human life,” Grace President Bill Katip said Tuesday in a statement.
“Although this is only the first step, we believe the courts will continue to see the unconstitutional nature of this mandate and continue to protect our religious freedoms.”