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Health Care Wed Jul 18 2012

Wheaton College Sues Over "Preventative Services" Mandate

Wheaton College, in Wheaton, IL, is filing a lawsuit alongside the Catholic University of America in opposition to a birth-control-related mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services. The mandate requires most employers to provide health care that includes birth control coverage.

"This mandate is not just a Catholic issue -- it threatens people of all faiths," says Kyle Duncan, General Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "Wheaton's historic decision to join the fight alongside a Catholic institution shows the broad consensus that the mandate endangers everyone's religious liberty."

Religious groups, including Catholic-affiliated healthcare agencies, schools (including the Univesity of Notre Dame) and church groups filed similar suits, stating that the mandate violates religious freedoms.

This isn't the first time Wheaton has made headlines due to faith-based policy. Last year, the Princeton Review listed the school as most LGBT-unfriendly school in the nation.

 
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By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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