PITTSBURGH (WTW) — A Christian college in western Pennsylvania sued the federal government Tuesday, saying regulations that require employers to offer birth control coverage that includes drugs that abort fertilized embryos are “directly at odds” with its religious values, including the Bible’s Sixth Commandment.
The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian civil rights group, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh on behalf of Geneva College. The school in Beaver Falls was founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.
“At Geneva College, we only have one Lord, and he does not live in Washington, D.C.,” Geneva College President Ken Smith said in a statement.
The lawsuit argues that the contraception provision “illegally and unconstitutionally coerces Geneva College to violate the Sixth Commandment under threat of heavy fines and penalties,” a reference to the biblical directive against murder.
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