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  • GuideStone gains final win over mandate

    by Tom Strode and Roy Hayhurst, posted Friday, August 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources has secured a conclusive victory in its lengthy, legal battle against the Obama-era abortion/contraception mandate.

    A federal judge in Oklahoma issued a final judgment July 17 in favor of the Southern Baptist Convention's health and financial benefits entity, as well as ministries it serves, GuideStone reported Aug. 8. The ruling brought to an end GuideStone's challenge of a 2011 rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that helped implement a controversial health-care law enacted the previous year. The regulation required employers to provide their workers with coverage for contraceptives, including those that can potentially induce abortions, or face potentially devastating fines. Read More

  • GuideStone, ministries gain win against HHS mandate

    by Tom Strode and Roy Hayhurst, posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention and the ministries it serves have gained a vital, legal victory against the Obama-era abortion/contraception mandate, marking a seven-year religious liberty battle.

    A federal court in Oklahoma issued a permanent injunction March 15 that bars the U.S. government from enforcing a 2011 rule that helped implement a controversial health care law enacted the previous year. The regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires employers to provide their workers ... Read More

  • Still in court: Baptist entities & the HHS mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist institutions and other objectors to the six-year-old abortion/contraception mandate are still working to protect their freedom of conscience on a number of fronts after the Trump administration provided aid through a new rule.

    The challengers to the controversial requirement are negotiating with the federal government, pushing for permanent relief in court and, in the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, fighting new suits now being waged by California and Pennsylvania. Read More

  • Union settles lawsuit over HHS abortion mandate

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Union University has settled its lawsuit against the U.S. government concerning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that Union provide abortion-causing drugs as part of its employee health plans.

    Under the terms of the settlement, the U.S. government agreed that the mandate was a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and that under the Supreme Court's decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, it imposed a "substantial burden" on Union's free exercise of religion. Read More

  • New rules grant conscience win over abortion mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration delivered a major victory for freedom of conscience today (Oct. 6) by issuing new rules to protect objectors to the abortion/contraception mandate instituted under President Obama.

    One of the two companion rules announced today exempts entities from the requirement based on their religious beliefs, while the other regulation protects organizations and small businesses on the basis of a moral conviction apart from a specific religious belief, according to a news release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read More

  • New rule to handcuff states on Planned Parenthood

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, September 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "This is merely a move of retribution against those who have called to keep abortion providers accountable."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Sept. 7 a proposed rule that would effectively prevent states from prohibiting Title X funds for abortion providers.

    The proposed rule includes the country's No. 1 abortion chain, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). The federal government provides funds for family planning and preventive health services to states through the Title X program. Read More

  • Baptist institutions stand, wait on mandate solution

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, August 10, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "We should not be forced to conform to the government's ideological views about life."

    -- Robert Sloan

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist-affiliated institutions are maintaining their stand against the Obama administration's abortion/contraception mandate while they continue to wait for a satisfactory legal resolution.

    GuideStone Financial Resources and four Baptist universities -- East Texas Baptist, Houston Baptist, Oklahoma Baptist and Truett McConnell -- are among 92 nonprofit religious organizations awaiting what they hope will be an agreement with the federal government that protects their freedom of conscience. Read More

  • Court seeks new ideas on mandate accommodation

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has made an uncommon request of religious nonprofits and the federal government in an effort to resolve a disagreement regarding the Obama administration's abortion/contraception mandate. Read More

  • GuideStone appeals to SCOTUS over abortion mandate

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 (3 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court against the government's contraceptive mandate that will require certain ministries served by GuideStone to provide abortion-causing drugs and devices in their employer health plans or risk crippling fines. Read More

  • Moore: New HHS rules violate religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 31, 2014 (3 years ago)

    "The new rules continue to run afoul of faith and conscience."

    -- Russell D. Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Obama administration's latest rules for its abortion/contraception mandate fail to resolve religious liberty concerns and should be scrapped, Southern Baptists' lead ethicist Russell D. Moore has told the federal government. Read More