While many Catholic organizations are suing Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius over the Obama administration’s new contraception rules, unhappiness with the supposed HHS mandate “compromise” runs even deeper. Many Protestant institutions are also trying to overturn the compromise that coerces private religious institutions to fund health insurers who can provide beneficiaries with abortion-inducing drugs.

Among these Protestant institutions is Geneva College, a small Christian liberal arts institution of about 1,800 students founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA), located just north of Pittsburgh.

Geneva is certainly no stranger to the task of feuding with the federal government on matters of constitutionality and religious freedom. The school first became notable for its fierce resistance toward the federal government after the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, occurring shortly after the college was founded.

Geneva has joined hands with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) – a coalition of Christian lawyers who litigate on matters regarding religious freedom – in pressing suit. ADF estimates that it would cost Geneva $500,000 annually in fines (about a $2,000 fine per employee) should the college choose to violate the mandate out of conscience.

“It’s not a compromise,” says Dr. Thomas Copeland, professor of political science at the college. “Fundamentally, religious institutions still have to pay for it; it just puts a layer of paperwork between the insurance company and the employee.”

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