Liberty University School of Law Dean and professor Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel based in Maitland, FL, filed a legal brief last month and will present the oral argument May 15.
“ObamaCare forces employers and individuals to fund abortion, and this act of forced abortion collides with the Free Exercise of Religion recognized in the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution,” Staver said.
He also believes that this law violates Article I, Section 8, generally known for containing the Commerce Clause, and a federal law known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
According to the 103rd Congressional Record, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was established in 1993. Congress found that “laws ‘neutral’ toward religion may substantially burden religious exercise as surely as laws intended to interfere with religious exercise.” One of the purposes of the law was “to provide a claim or defense to persons whose religious exercise is substantially burdened by government.”
While Liberty College is an evangelical school, this ruling will affect Catholic charities, hospitals and schools which are mandated by obamacare to pay for birth control including abortion which is against Catholic moral conscience.