Lawsuits Mounting against Birth Control Mandate

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Lawsuits are mounting against the Obama administration's mandate that employers provide contraception coverage for workers, even if it violates their religious beliefs.

Indiana's Grace College, California's Biola University, and the Thomas More Society in Chicago are joining the legal fight. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the two schools in the case.

"Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to their deeply-held beliefs. Punishing religious people and organizations for freely exercising their faith is an assault on our most fundamental American freedoms," ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor said.

"This mandate leaves religious employers with no real choice: you must either comply and abandon your religious freedom and conscience, or resist and be taxed for your faith," he continued.

"Every American should know that a government with the power to do this to anyone can do this-and worse-to everyone," he said.

Meanwhile, GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney said that if elected president, he would protect people of faith from such government dictates.

In an interview with Roman Catholic broadcaster EWTN, the former Massachusetts governor said he would meet with Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan to ensure government does not infringe on religious freedom.

Dolan leads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops., one of the more than 40 catholic groups that have filed suit against the mandate.

The cardinal recently accepted Romney's invitation to give the benediction at next week's Republican National Convention.

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