Catholic Business Loses Contraception Mandate Appeal

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A federal court ruled Tuesday against a Catholic business in Michigan and in favor of the Obamacare contraception mandate.

The court ruled that Autocam Corporation, which is a family-owned business, must comply with the mandate requiring companies to pay for contraception and abortion procedures.

John Kennedy, one of Autocam's owners, said the mandate violates their convictions. But the judge disagreed, saying it neither violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act nor the family's convictions.

"We dismiss the claims of the individual plaintiffs on standing grounds," Judge Julia Smith Gibbons wrote. She added that the decision to comply with the mandate will be up to the company, not the Kennedys, who own it.

The Kennedy's said they will not give up their fight to defend their faith.

Meanwhile, four Christian universities in Oklahoma have filed suit against the HHS Mandate.

Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mid-America Christian University are being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom.

Oklahoma Wesleyan cited its commitment to protecting the unborn in a statement declaring its reasons challenging the mandate.

"We are filing suit because we believe God is God, not the government, and that we must obey God rather than men," school officials said in a statement.

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