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  • Court seeks new ideas on mandate accommodation

    The U.S. Supreme Court made an uncommon request of religious nonprofits and the federal government on March 29 calling for new briefs from both sides in an effort to determine if workers may be able to obtain birth control coverage through their nonprofit employers’ insurance companies without violating the conscience rights of those employers.

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  • Court ponders religious liberty in HHS mandate

    March 24 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court ponders religious liberty in HHS mandate

    The U.S. Supreme Court considered arguments March 23 that the federal government is intent on forcing Christian and other religious ministries to violate their consciences by accepting a rule that makes them complicit in abortion. The mandate requires employers to provide for their workers contraceptives, drugs and devices ...

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  • High court to hear GuideStone abortion mandate appeal

    November 9 2015 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    High court to hear GuideStone abortion mandate appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 6 agreed to hear appeals by several ministries, including GuideStone Financial Resources, to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that would require certain ministries served by GuideStone to provide potentially abortion-causing drugs and devices or face crippling penalties.

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  • SCOTUS urged by federal judges to review abortion mandate

    September 8 2015 by GuideStone Financial Resources staff | with 0 comments
    SCOTUS urged by federal judges to review abortion mandate

    Five judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver have sharply criticized the decision that ruled against GuideStone Financial Resources earlier this summer. In a rare move, the entire 10th Circuit, on its own initiative, took a vote on whether to reconsider the panel decision.

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  • SBC entities back GuideStone at high court

    August 27 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC entities back GuideStone at high court

    In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Aug. 24, GuideStone Financial Resources received support from other Southern Baptist Convention entities in its challenge to the Obama administration’s abortion/contraception mandate. The International Mission Board, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary called in the brief for the high court to …

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  • IMB, ERLC support Baptist schools in brief

    August 13 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB, ERLC support Baptist schools in brief

    Two Southern Baptist entities have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower-court decision, that upheld enforcement of the abortion/contraception mandate on the Christian schools, in order to protect the religious freedom of two Baptist universities and a Presbyterian seminary.

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  • GuideStone appeals to SCOTUS over abortion mandate

    July 24 2015 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone appeals to SCOTUS over abortion mandate

    GuideStone Financial Resources has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court against the government’s contraceptive mandate that will require certain ministries served by GuideStone to provide abortion-causing drugs and devices in their employer health plans or risk crippling fines.

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  • Court rules against religious groups in contraception case

    July 15 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Court rules against religious groups in contraception case

    The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 14 that religious employers must comply with federally mandated employee health coverage – which includes abortion-inducing contraceptive services. Though the mandate includes an accommodation, GuideStone Financial Resources, Oklahoma Baptist University and others will likely appeal the Supreme Court.

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  • Baptist universities weigh next step on HHS mandate

    July 8 2015 by Bonnie Pritchett and Art Toalston, Southern Baptist TEXAN/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptist universities weigh next step on HHS mandate

    Houston Baptist University and East Texas Baptist University are among seven faith-based institutions weighing their options in challenging the Obamacare mandate to provide insurance coverage encompassing abortion-inducing drugs. In addition to Houston Baptist University and East Texas Baptist University, other plaintiffs in the case (ETBU et al v. Burwell) are ...

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  • July 1 deadline looms for some churches

    May 11 2015 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    July 1 deadline looms for some churches

    Churches and ministries that reimburse their employees for individual health coverage may soon find themselves facing stiff penalties of up to $36,500 per employee, per year, under the federal health care law commonly known as Obamacare, as a grace period expires June 30.

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  • New health insurance tax law may affect churches

    March 26 2015 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    New health insurance tax law may affect churches

    Despite a new tax rule in conjunction with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which may affect many churches, GuideStone Financial Resources assures its health plan participants they will not notice any impact. GuideStone has resources available on its website to help churches navigate the Affordable Care Act.

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  • Obama: Notify workers if dropping contraceptive coverage

    July 18 2014 by Richard Wolf, USA Today/Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Obama: Notify workers if dropping contraceptive coverage

    Employers that intend to drop coverage for some or all forms of contraception in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision must notify employees of the change, the Obama administration said July 17.

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  • Steve Green stands on faith against Obamacare mandate

    March 21 2014 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Steve Green stands on faith against Obamacare mandate

    Founder of Hobby Lobby, Steve Green, says the U.S. government is challenging his unshakeable Christian faith and his religious liberty. Next week (March 25) Green’s path leads straight up the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to witness oral arguments in the case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores.

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  • Hobby Lobby files brief with Supreme Court

    February 12 2014 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hobby Lobby files brief with Supreme Court

    Hobby Lobby filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday Feb. 10 asking the court to protect the religious liberty of the craft chain’s owners in regard to the Health and Human Services contraception mandate.

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  • DOJ opposes stay of nuns’ mandate request

    January 6 2014 by By Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The Department of Justice has urged a U.S. Supreme Court justice to reject a request by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Denver and other Catholic organizations. The high level legal dispute results from a rule requiring employers to provide their workers with coverage for contraceptives.

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