A federal judge in Huston ruled today that two Texas Baptist institutions, East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University, are not required to provide abortion-causing drugs to their employees under Obamacare, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented the institutions, says it has now won 9 out of 12 cases which have come before the federal courts challenging the so called 'Obamacare mandate,' that employer-provided health care provide access to abortion drugs and contraceptives.
The Administration has provided exclusions to the mandate to churches and church institutions, but it has balked at extending it to other entities which are associated with churches, like universities and hospitals, and to private employers who say the mandate violates their religious beliefs, like Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
"The government has enforced the health care reform law very unevenly, handing out exemptions to those it sees as its allies," Deputy General Counsel Eric Rassbach said. "Perhaps the worst part of the government's approach is that it seems to have decided that religious institutions are the only ones not to get an exemption.
The judge, in a 46 page ruling, particularly questioned a request by an Obama Administration Attorney that the court 'evaluate the Universities' beliefs.'
"The religious organization plaintiffs have shown a sincerely held religious belief that the court cannot second guess," the judge said.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to add clarity to the issue, as it is expected to take up the Hobby Lobby case in March.