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Election Result Means AMU's Fight Against Contraceptive Mandate Continues

The re-election of President Obama means that Ave Maria University and other religious organizations will continue efforts to fight a mandate from the federal department of health and human services that requires health-care plans to provide contraceptive services at no charge.

"As the current department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations now stand, our employer-provided health plan is in jeopardy, beginning in 2014," Mr. Towey said in a letter to the university's staff and students.

Mr. Towey said he expects the school's lawsuit against the mandate, which was filed in February with the assistance of the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, will begin to pick up steam now that the election is decided. Other Catholic universities, including Notre Dame and the Catholic University of America, are also suing over the mandate and Mr. Towey said the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops will continue advocating on the school's behalf.

The AMU president also announced the formation of "an ad hoc committee from among the University's faculty and staff to make contingency plans in the event HHS does not follow through on President Obama's pledge in February to amend the regulations in a manner that protects the right of conscience of faith-based institutions like ours."

"I know how important health insurance is to our faculty and staff, and we will do everything we can do in good conscience to continue to support your health care needs," Mr. Towey said in his letter.

Despite the challenges, Mr. Towey urged the university community to take heart.

"Indeed God is with us. As discouraging as last night's results were for so many of us, there is nothing to fear. God is with us at Ave Maria University. He is our light and our salvation."

Click here to read the full text of Mr. Towey's letter on the AMU website


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