Before Wheaton’s move, most plaintiffs suing over the mandate were Catholic colleges and organizations that follow the Vatican’s teaching against birth control. Most of the 58 plaintiffs in the 24 lawsuits are Catholic dioceses, colleges and charity groups.

But Wheaton’s involvement shows that Catholics aren’t alone in opposing the mandate, since many evangelical Christians view certain forms of birth control, such as the “morning-after” pill, as equivalent to abortion.

“The list of required services includes ‘morning after’ and ‘week after’ pills that claim the life of an unborn child within days of its conception,” Wheaton President Philip Ryken wrote in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday.

~ Elise Viebeck, The Hill, July 22

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