OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) — Federal District Judge Timothy DeGiusti issued a preliminary injunction Dec. 20 against the federal government’s mandate that requires employers, including many religiously affiliated ones, to provide abortion-causing drugs and devices. Although churches and closely related ministries are exempt from the mandate, many Christian universities, children’s homes and other ministries were not exempted, and instead were in danger of being forced to provide abortion-causing drugs and devices through a poorly conceived “accommodation” or incur crippling penalties. DeGiusti’s ruling means organizations that use GuideStone’s health care plans, now or in the future, will be protected from participating in providing abortion-causing drugs for the foreseeable future. A trial date to make a final decision has not yet been set.
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