Cornerstone wins case against providing certain birth control

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A federal judge in Iowa has  sided with Cornerstone University in its effort to curtail access to  some forms of birth control for employees covered by health insurance. 

The  ruling issued Thursday comes after the Trump administration stopped  defending a provision of the Affordable Care Act that called for  insurers to offer all forms of birth control or face fees and  penalties. 

Cornerstone joined Dordt College, a similar  Christian college in Sioux Center, Iowa, to sue in 2013, citing  their opposition to the so-called "abortion pill."

In  filing the suit in 2013, Cornerstone University President Joseph  Stowell framed the dispute as a protection of First Amendment rights. 

“Given  our conviction that life begins at conception and our commitment to the  sanctity of life, we find the mandate to provide our faculty, staff and  students with insurance that provides access to abortion-inducing  prescriptions unacceptable," Stowell wrote in 2013. 

The  lawsuit was financed and argued by the Alliance Defending Freedom, an  Arizona-based legal-advocacy group labeled as a hate group by the  Southern Poverty Law Center. 

In October, the U.S. Department of  Health and Human Services abandoned the Obamacare mandate and the  Justice Department did not raise a substantive defense. 

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