Washington, D.C.– On October 11, 2013, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty together with the national law firm Locke Lord LLP filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of three non-profit religious organizations who cannot comply with the federal government's mandate that they provide employees with free access to abortion-inducing drugs and devices:
- Reaching Souls International, a nonprofit evangelistic ministry dedicated to preaching the Gospel and caring for orphans in Africa, India, and Cuba;
- Truett-McConnell College, a Georgia Baptist college dedicated to equipping students to make disciples of Christ among all the nations through a biblically-centered education; and
- GuideStone Financial Resources, the benefits arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. GuideStone has been providing retirement and health benefits to Southern Baptist churches and affiliated ministries like Reaching Souls and Truett-McConnell College for nearly 100 years.
"We teach our students what it means to think biblically about all areas of life," said Dr. Emir Caner, President of Truett-McConnell. "We can't tell them that human life is sacred from the time of conception and then turn around and offer health benefits that are inextricably linked to providing abortion-causing drugs. Southern Baptists have a long history of standing up to government coercion in matters of conscience—it's a tradition we're honored to join."
Links and Resources
- Official Press Release from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
- Complaint (October 11, 2013)
- GuideStone Case Page (images, background, news, additional resources)
- Article Published in Baptist Press
- Truett-McConnell College Official Logos