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Wheaton College (Ill.) Ends Student Health Insurance Over Contraceptive Rule

Wheaton College of Illinois will stop providing students with health insurance because of its objections to the Obama administration’s controversial rule on access to contraceptives, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Many other religious colleges have asserted that the contraceptive mandate violates their religious beliefs. The Obama administration’s attempts to compromise on the rule have so far failed to satisfy those institutions, several of which have filed lawsuits over the mandate.

Wheaton’s decision to end student health insurance takes effect on Friday, and will affect more than 700 students who were enrolled in the plan. A lawyer for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has represented Wheaton in its fight against the rule, said the government’s attempts to alter the policy had not gone far enough.

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