Published: Feb 21, 2012 2:32 PM EST
Updated: Feb 21, 2012 9:07 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla.– Ave Maria University announced today that the University is seeking declaratory and injunctive relief from a federal court in Florida, because the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services demands the University offer health plan services that undermine its firmly-held religious convictions. 

“Under the federal mandate Ave Maria University would be paying for these drugs if we complied with the law. So we will not.  We are prepared to discontinue our health plan and pay the $2,000 per employee, per year fine rather than comply with an unjust, immoral mandate in violation of our rights of conscience.

”The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed suit this morning on behalf of the University. 

Ave Maria University’s case is the fourth lawsuit brought by the Becket Fund challenging the Obama administration’s abortion drug mandate.

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