A three-judge U.S. District Court panel has sided with Belmont Abbey College in its case against the Obama administration over the requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that employers must provide free contraceptives in employee insurance plans.
In a decision announced Tuesday, the judges ordered administration officials to rewrite the law, so it will not force religious institutions to offer contraceptives.
Belmont Abbey College, a Roman Catholic institution in Gaston County, had sued the Obama administration over the health care mandate. College officials said it would require the school to act in a manner contradictory to church teachings.
Roman Catholic doctrine is opposed to the use of artificial birth control.
“Christmas came early this year,” Belmont Abbey College President William Thierfelder said in a statement released Wednesday.
Click the link to read the rest. The school is named after Belmont Abbey, which is a Benedictine monastery on the grounds. The abbey church is lovely, and listening to the monks sing Vespers this time of year, with the church almost totally dark inside except for the illumination near the chanting monks is quite charming.