ON-Lion Letter
In February, Florida's Ave Maria University joined the rising tide of Becket Fund for Religious Liberty lawsuits against the Obama administration's attempt to force contraception, sterilization, and abortion drugs into virtually every health-insurance policy in America. 

"It is a sad day when an American citizen or organization has no choice but to sue its own government in order to exercise religious liberty rights guaranteed by our nation's Constitution," said Ave Maria president Jim Towey, former head of the Bush administration's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.  "Allowing a U.S. president of any political party or religious affiliation to force conformance to his or her religious or secular orthodoxy through executive action, is a perilous precedent."

Ave Maria is seeking relief from a Florida federal court from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services demand that the Catholic university offer health-plan services that undermine its firmly held religious convictions.

The Ave Maria case is the fourth lawsuit challenging abortion-drug mandate brought by The Becket Fund in Washington, D.C.  In the other cases, Becket represents Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, Colorado Christian University near Denver, and the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)in Birmingham, Ala.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports The Becket Fund.
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