Victories don't come easily, and sometimes take years, a lesson learned all too well by a Christian college.
A federal district court issued an order July 5 that permanently prevents the federal government from enforcing the Obamacare abortion-pill mandate against Geneva College, a Christian liberal arts college in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
The order also declares that the mandate violates the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (FFRA).
The Obama-era mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception through their health plans under threat of heavy penalties.
The Department of Justice, under the Trump administration, abandoned its defense of the mandate which the Department of Health and Human Services implemented during the previous administration.
"Religious organizations have the freedom to operate peacefully according to their beliefs without the threat of punishment by the government," says Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) senior counsel Gregory S. Baylor. "This order fully affirms that freedom and provides permanent protection from the mandate."
The legal battle for Geneva College took more than six years.
"Geneva College no longer has to fear being forced to pay fines for simply abiding by the Christian beliefs it teaches and espouses, and it is no longer required to fill out forms authorizing coverage for abortion-inducing drugs," Baylor continues. "The government has many other ways to ensure access to these drugs without forcing people of faith to violate their deepest convictions."
Brad Tupi, one of more than 3,200 attorneys allied with ADF, served as local counsel for Geneva College in the case.