POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. -- The College of the Ozarks is joining opponents of the new federal health care law with its own lawsuit over the law's birth control component. Officials of the Christian college near Branson filed suit on Monday over the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act.
The federal law requires contraception coverage in employer health insurance plans. The College of the Ozarks says the requirement violates its institutional religious beliefs.
"The bottom line is we feel like it's time to be counted. Our own government shouldn't trample the religious rights of this institution or any other institution in this country," said C of O President Jerry Davis.
Schools such as the University of Notre Dame and the Catholic University of America have also filed federal lawsuits against the contraception mandate. The attorneys general of seven states are also pursuing legal challenges, despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld most of the federal law.