Sixteen states are filing amicus curiae briefs in support ofthree Christian universities engaged in a court battle overcontraception mandates in the PatientProtection and Affordable Care Act.

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Houston Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University andWestminster Theological Seminary are fighting the administrativereview process set up by the Obama administration to considerrequests from employers who object to providing contraceptives totheir employees.

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Under the current framework, nonprofits with religiousobjections notify the government, which then allows for the insurerto provide the birth control directly to beneficiaries, without theinvolvement of the employer. The three universities, however, arguethat even this process is an undue burden on their religiousfreedom.

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After having their claims rejected by the 5th Circuit U.S.District Court, the schools are appealing to the U.S. SupremeCourt.

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Read: Are insurers skirting PPACA’s birthcontrol rules?

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Last month Wheaton College, a Chicago-area Evangelicalinstitution that was making essentially the samecase, announced it would drop healthcoverage entirely for students to avoid complyingwith the mandate. Like Wheaton, the three schools in the lawsuitare affiliated with churches that are not against all forms ofcontraception, but oppose certain methods that they equate toabortion, such as the morning-after pill and intrauterinedevices.

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The states joining the universities in their fight against theObama administration are all led by conservative, Republicangovernors. According to a statement provided to Fox News, thestates include: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas,Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, SouthCarolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are bothmaking underdog bids to win the GOP nomination for president.Conspicuously absent from the court battle is Wisconsin Gov. ScottWalker, one of the leading GOP presidential candidates.

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