Wheaton College's HHS Contraception Lawsuit Dismissed After Prompting 'Safe Harbor' Rewrite

Rewrite of "safe harbor" policy gives religious colleges one more year to comply.

A federal judge dismissed Wheaton College's lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services's new contraception mandate on Friday, after the legal challenge – among 23 others – prompted a last-minute rewrite of the mandate's compliance deadline.

The Obama administration rewrote its "safe harbor" policy to include religious institutions, giving Wheaton and other schools one year before they must comply with the mandate.

Wheaton is considering an appeal of the lawsuit's dismissal because "despite qualifying for the 'safe harbor,' not complying with the mandate during that safe harbor period technically places the college in violation of federal law," according to the Becket Fund.

Wheaton originally filed suit against the Obama administration for a "preliminary injunction" against the HHS mandate after the school originally did not qualify for the "one-year 'safe harbor,' which the government offered to certain religious organizations as a temporary reprieve from the HHS mandate." ...

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