University Files Lawsuit Over Health Insurance

A Denver-area university is taking the federal government to court over a mandate that would force the school to offer contraceptives in its group health plans.


Colorado Christian University in Lakewood is taking the federal government to court, citing pressure to violate its deeply held religious beliefs.

The school says a federal mandate is forcing the school to include contraceptives into the group health plans offered to its employees and students. The inclusion of contraceptives flies in the faces of its religious beliefs, the school says, and leaves the administration facing an ethical question.

"“(It’s) whether or not people, or in our case universities, who have seriously held moral convictions against abortion, should nonetheless be required to pay for it and support it, and endorse it, in effect,” former U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong, president of the school, said.

Beverly C. Ailts, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, told Denver CBS affiliate KCNC that no one is asking the school to "take action against their religious beliefs," only to make contraception "more accessible and affordable" to those who want it.

Armstrong says the school will look at the possibility of getting rid of its group health insurance altogether if it loses its lawsuit. The departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury have been named in the lawsuit.

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