A federal judge has ruled that Colorado Christian University does not have to provide sterilization and contraceptive services to its employees and students.
Judge Robert E. Blackburn ruled Friday that the Health and Human Services mandate infringes on the university’s freedom of religion.
“This is an important win for religious liberty,” said Eric Baxter, an attorney for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the college.
“A university like CCU, whose employees and students share its religious convictions concerning the sanctity of life, should not be forced against its beliefs to distribute drugs that it deems to be morally wrong,” Baxter said.
Blackburn wrote that the federal mandate, if it applied to the university, could trigger “significant — if not ruinous — financial penalties” for the university.
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