ON-Lion Letter
In August, represented by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., Colorado Christian University (CCU) in Lakewood, Colo., became the first nonprofit organization to renew its lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' (HHS's) contraceptive-drug mandate's "accommodation," which still forces the Christian university to violate its deeply held religious beliefs or pay crippling fines.  The new challenge comes just weeks after the final rule was announced in June.

"The bureaucrats' proposed solution does not solve anything," according to Becket Fund senior counsel Eric Baxter.  "CCU is still forced to participate in the government's scheme to provide free access" to the drugs.

Earlier this year, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado dismissed CCU's challenge while waiting for the Obama administration to issue final regulations responding to the religious objections of nonprofit groups.  Under those now-released regulations, organizations like CCU are excused from directly paying for the drugs only if they "designate" another organization to do the same thing they cannot do directly.  They and their health-care plan remain the central cog in the government's scheme.

"CCU cannot assuage its conscience by simply requiring someone else to provide the objectionable services," Baxter said.  "Like other religious employers, CCU deserves a complete exemption."

CCU's renewed lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.  The lawsuit challenges the HHS regulations as violations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the First and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, and the Administrative Procedures Act.  There have been more than 60 cases challenging the mandate.

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