Legal Challenges

Legal Challenges

Report: Wheaton covered morning-after pill before suing over HHS mandate

A prominent plaintiff against the Obama administration's birth-control mandate reportedly covered emergency contraception before filing its suit.

Ill.-based Wheaton College, a leading Protestant liberal arts school, objects to the morning-after pill as equal to abortion.

But the controversial birth-control method was part of the school's health plan when the mandate was announced, according to The Huffington Post.

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OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Another day, another lawsuit

A leading Protestant college has filed suit against the Obama administration over its birth-control mandate. Illinois-based Wheaton College joins the more than 50 other plaintiffs that also see the controversial policy as a violation of religious freedom and have undertaken legal action to stop it.

"Wheaton College and other distinctively Christian institutions are faced with a clear and present threat to our religious liberty" through the mandate, Wheaton President Philip Ryken said in a statement.

The college's objection stems purely from its objection to abortion and its belief that certain forms of birth control, such as the morning-after pill, prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. The many Catholic institutions that have filed suit share this view and also obey teachings that abjure the use of contraception.

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Verrilli shrugs off criticism of his healthcare arguments

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who successfully defended President Obama's healthcare law before the Supreme Court, passed up a chance Wednesday to fire back at pundits and lawyers who criticized his performance at the court.

Verrilli's performance during oral arguments in the healthcare case received harsh reviews at the time — CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin declared the arguments a "train wreck" for the Obama administration.

Verrilli was vindicated late last month when the court upheld the healthcare law in a 5-4 decision. But he passed up the chance for a "told-you-so" moment at a Heritage Foundation event recapping the court's term. 

"I'm a government official. I've got a weighty responsibility. I ought to be subject to criticism like any government official with a weighty responsibility. And I guess I was, and I'm OK with that, and that's just the nature of the process and that's the way it should be," Verrilli said.


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