By Everett Piper
On September 19, 2013, Oklahoma Wesleyan University will be filing a lawsuit against the United States Department of Health and Human Services, as well as its director, Kathleen Sebelius. The premise of our suit is this, as an evangelical Christian university owned and operated by The Wesleyan Church of North America, OKWU cannot and will not comply with any provisions of the Affordable Care Act that require us to pay for abortion services or abortion inducing drugs. More specifically, Oklahoma Wesleyan does not provide its employees with health insurance covering post-fertilization abortifacient drugs that, by definition, can and often do terminate pregnancy.
Why are we doing this?
We are filing suit because we believe in the United States Constitution and its First Amendment. We take seriously the words that “Congress shall make no law…prohibiting the free exercise of religion.” We, therefore, believe our religion, i.e. Wesleyan Doctrine and Discipline, cannot be infringed upon. We believe that if the definition of human life is not a religious discussion then nothing is. We believe that the protection of every human being “from conception to completion” is the responsibility of all Christians and that we cannot accept any law prohibiting the free exercise of such a religious obligation.
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We are filing suit because we believe in the Declaration of Independence. We believe in the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” We believe that all men and women, boys and girls are “created equal” and that we are all “endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.” We believe that first among these rights is the “right to life.”
We are filing suit because we believe God defines what is living and what is dead; you and I do not. We believe human beings are unique and exceptional and, unlike other creatures, we are made in the likeness of God. We believe that the life of all people regardless of their status, age, race, gender, vitality or handicap should be protected and defended. It is God and God alone who can give and take human life.
We are filing suit because we believe in the dignity of women. We are tired of and offended by their objectification. We believe that girls should be honored and respected and not used as objects of sexual recreation and conquest…