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Supreme Court issues order in favor of Wheaton College

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Following up on the Hobby Lobby decision, on Thursday Wheaton College was granted last minute relief by the Supreme Court against the HHS contraception mandate. This will allow the College to continue practicing their religious freedoms with regard to the mandate.

Previously nonprofit religious organizations, colleges and hospitals had been required to file a form indicating their objection to providing the contraceptives in question. That form would be sent to insurance companies where the measures would be given free of charge.

Wheaton College was among groups that objected to the form believing that it made them complicit in providing the contraceptives. The Court action agreed saying that the college only needed to file a letter stating its objections with the federal government.

Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund representing Wheaton said "The Court rightly recognized that Wheaton's religious community should be allowed to practice its faith free from crushing government fines."

Dr. Philp Ryken, President of Wheaton College said, “On the eve of Independence Day, we are grateful to God that the Supreme Court has made a wise decision in protecting our religious liberty–at least until we have an opportunity to make our full case in court. We continue to believe that a college community that affirms the sanctity of human life from conception to the grave should not be coerced by the government into facilitating the provision of abortion-inducing drugs."

The Court, noting that this was not an opinion on the merit's of Wheaton's Religious Freedom Restoration Act claim, ruled 6-3 on the order with all three female justices dissenting.

In the dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, "Let me be absolutely clear: I do not doubt that Wheaton genuinely believes taht signing the self-certification form is contrary to its religious beliefs. But thinking one's religious beliefs are substantially burdened...does not make it so." [Time]

Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Wheaton College was established in 1860 with the motto "For Christ and His Kingdom."

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