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Colorado Christian University Renews Lawsuit against HHS Mandate

A non-denominational Christian university today renewed its lawsuit against the HHS contraceptive mandate, making it the first non-profit organization to do so since the HHS mandate was finalized, according to a press release from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Colorado Christian University saw their original lawsuit dismissed in U.S. District Court earlier this year on the grounds that the Obama administration had not yet finalized the mandate. But after months of waiting, the Administration finalized the rule in June, calling it an accommodation while it merely plays a shell game of responsibility with the insurance companies supposedly paying for contraceptives and abortifacient coverage through the insurance plan supplied by the college or university.

“CCU’s religious convictions concerning the sanctity of life forbid it from participating in, paying for, training others to engage in, or otherwise supporting, or facilitating access to abortion," reads the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.  “CCU cannot fulfill its mission of preparing students to impact the world by living their Christian values if it violates its own religious convictions by complying with the challenged regulations and facilitating access to abortion-causing drugs and devices and related counseling and services."

“The bureaucrats’ proposed solution does not solve anything,” said Eric Baxter, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund, which filed the lawsuit for CCU. “CCU is still forced to participate in the government’s scheme to provide free access to abortion-causing drugs and devices.”

Baxter said The Becket Fund is seeking “a complete exemption” from the mandate.

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