WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The privately operated Louisiana College can now opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate after a federal court ruled in it’s favor because the law violates the school’s religious freedom.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana stopped the Obamacare-mandated enforcement which required Louisiana College, as an employer, to provide insurance coverage for birth control pills to its employees.
“All Americans should oppose unjust laws that force people—under threat of punishment—to give up their freedom to live and work according to their beliefs,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot said in a press release.
The ACA mandate requires employers to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing medications and contraceptives. But that provision of the law has been highly contested because it conflicts with the moral and religious convictions of some employers. Louisiana College is a private Baptist college.
The lawsuit was filed in February 2012 by ADF, a conservative Christian nonprofit legal organization. The Louisiana College v. Sebelius decision adds another win for those organizations that oppose the federal mandate.
“Louisiana College is a Christian college that simply wants to continue to operate as a Christian college as it has since its founding in 1906,” Theriot said in a press release. “The court did the right thing in striking down the Obamacare abortion-pill mandate as it applies to Louisiana College’s health insurance coverage.”