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Wheaton College Wins 'Major Victory' Against HHS Contraceptive Mandate

Federal government makes 'binding commitment' to 'never enforce' current mandate against religious employers.

(Note: We've posted a major update on this story here.)

On Tuesday, Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College won a legal round against the HHS contraceptive mandate not only for themselves, but for all fellow plaintiffs as a D.C. appeals court prompted the Obama administration to promise not to enforce the mandate (as currently written) and–on top of that–regularly report on its progress toward new rules that better protect religious freedom.

"The D.C. Circuit has now made it clear that government promises and press conferences are not enough to protect religious freedom," said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a press release. "The court is not going to let the government slide by on non-binding promises to fix the problem down the road."

The Becket Fund, which argued the case, explained the significance of the ruling as follows:

Today, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. handed Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College a major victory in their ...
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