FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana college has won its long-running lawsuit seeking religious exemption from paying for employees’ birth control under former President Barack Obama’s health care law.
The Journal Gazette reports that federal Judge Jon E. DiGuilio in South Bend issued a permanent injunction Monday sought by Grace College and Seminary. The ruling stops the enforcement of a portion of the law related to providing contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization through student and employee health insurance plans.
DiGuilio says the Department of Justice under President Donald Trump no longer defends the measure, citing that it would violate the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Grace is an evangelical Christian college. Grace President Bill Katip says the decision will allow the school to provide health care benefits while maintaining their moral beliefs.