Mid-South University Sues Over Affordable Care Act

Published 04/05 2014 09:37PM

Updated 04/06 2014 05:09PM

GERMANTOWN, TN (localmemphis.com)-- A Mid-South University is suing the federal government, saying portions of the Affordable Care Act violate its rights.

Union University, which is based in Jackson, Tenn., and has a campus in Germantown, filed the suit in federal court in Memphis on Friday.

In specific, the University is against portions of the ACA that cover contraception and abortion-causing drugs.

"Causing the death of the embryo conflicts with Union University's beliefs based on Scripture," the University said in a statement. "Therefore, Union University has religious-based objection to drugs and devices that kill the embryo and to education and counseling related to the use of these abortion-causing drugs and devices." 

The University says the lawsuit was filed after it lost its exemption to exclude such services to its employees.

The university said its lawsuit states the "mandate forces Union University to choose between its sincerely held religious beliefs and the government-imposed adverse consequences of non-compliance."

"I say they got a good reason, I won't say I support it, but they got a good reason," said Jeff Echols. 

"Regardless of where you work at, you should give your employees a choice," said Allen Henderson. "I'm against abortion but everyone got their rights to their own opinion."

Several other businesses and colleges have filed similar lawsuits, including Hobby Lobby, which has several stores in the Mid-South.

Steve Mulroy, a law professor at the University of Memphis, likes Union's chances.

"Based on the way the oral arguments went before the Supreme Court recently in a similar case, perhaps it will go in their direction and create precedent that would be favorable to Union University," he said.

According to Union, the Affordable Care Act violates "the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the First and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedures Act."

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