Thursday, June 14, 2018

Another Permanent Injunction Against Contraceptive Mandate For Religious Colleges

In yet another in a line of cases, the Trump Administration has conceded that applying the Obama-era contraceptive mandate rules to religious non-profits would violate RFRA.  This time in Dordt College v. Azar, (ND IA, June 12, 2018), an Iowa federal district court issued a permanent injunction against enforcing the rules against Dordt College and Cornerstone University to the extent that doing so would violate their religious consciences.  This specifically includes services that the schools view as abortion, abortifacients, embryo-harming pharmaceuticals, and related education and counseling.  Detroit Free Press reports on the decision. Cornerstone University is in Michigan, while Dordt College is located in Iowa.