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180 Evangelical Ministries Win Class-Action Lawsuit over Contraceptives (For Now)

(UPDATED) Major provider of church health benefits takes on government for the first time—and wins the first round.

Update (Dec. 20): One of two class-action lawsuits filed against the HHS contraceptive mandate proved successful today, as the Becket Fund announced that an Oklahoma judge granted GuideStone Financial Resources a temporary injunction against the Affordable Care Act requirement.

GuideStone had sued on behalf of nearly 200 evangelical ministries affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Becket writes:

These evangelical organizations only object to four out of twenty FDA-approved contraceptives—those like the "morning after pill" and the "week after pill" that may cause early abortions. The court's order is an early Christmas gift that came just days before the January 1, 2014 deadline that would have forced the ministries to choose between following their religious beliefs about the sanctity of life and paying thousands of dollars a day in fines.

CT previously noted how the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to assess the constitutionality of the ...

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