For the second time in as many days a federal court dismissed a lawsuit brought by religiously-affiliated colleges challenging the Obama administration’s rule requiring insurance plans cover contraception.
This suit, brought by Belmont Abbey College was simply “too speculative” said the district court. It’s a good outcome, but one that can’t bring too much comfort. For starters, as the ACLU notes, the plaintiff is not one to simply go away quietly.
This isn’t the first time that Belmont Abbey College has thumbed its nose at federal laws designed to stop discrimination against women in health care. In 2009, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concluded that the College was discriminating against its employees based on their gender because it withheld coverage for prescription birth control, which only women use, while providing insurance coverage for other prescription drugs. But as far as we know, the college is still resisting the EEOC’s decision and has yet to come into compliance. So it came as no surprise when it challenged the administration’s contraception rule, despite the fact that the rule is on solid legal footing, while the college’s claims are bogus.
See a pattern?
These are not good-faith claims of religious objection. They are cynical attempts at remaining in control and relevant. The veracity with which these men pursue an agenda of stripping women of their rights, and the pleasure they clearly take in it, is downright disturbing. Good thing they’re on the wrong side of history.
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