Protestant colleges threaten to drop student health care over contraceptive mandate

On a chilly winter day earlier this month, 120 college presidents–mostly of Protestant schools–from around the country met in Washington for an annual meeting sponsored by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, a group that represents 136 American schools and more than 400,000 students, The Ticket reports. One topic kept coming up in the discussions: How to combat President Barack Obama’s proposed mandate for religious employers to provide health insurance that offers free contraception, a decision that would affect all of their institutions–and could violate some of their deepest-held beliefs. During the conference, 25 of the presidents held a separate policy meeting to discuss the proposed directive, which was first established in the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and was upheld this year by the Department of Health and Human Services…

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