Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) leaves no doubt about where it stands on the sanctity of life.
"We value life," says Dr. Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, dean of OBU's College of Nursing.
Many years ago, as a young nursing student, Dr. McHenry witnessed an aborted baby being left to die on the counter of a hospital disposal room. That moment has stuck with her. Now, at OBU, Dr. McHenry has the chance to live out an appreciation for life as a gift from God on a daily basis.
Founded by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in 1910, the biblical foundation of Oklahoma Baptist University is core to its mission. The school has provided thousands of students with a Christ-centered education, equipping them to go out into the world and transform it by integrating faith with all areas of knowledge.
But now, the world is trying to transform OBU by denying the university the freedom to live out its pro-life beliefs. Under the threat of major penalties, the Obama Administration's HHS mandate requires Oklahoma Baptist University to provide access to abortion-inducing drugs as part of the school's healthcare plan—a move that would force the school to go against its conscience.
"As Christians, as Baptists, standing up for the right of the unborn, standing up for the right to life, this is important enough to say we simply can't, we simply can't comply with the law with the way it is written," says OBU President Dr. David Whitlock.
OBU joins four other Christian universities represented by Alliance Defending Freedom in two separate lawsuits against the mandate, which, combined, will be heard by the Supreme Court on March 23. If the Court rules against the schools and OBU fails to comply with the government's unjust mandate, it would face millions of dollars in fines each year.
"As a Christian university, we want to be able to do those things that we believe in, those things that we hold to be dear, that we hold to be true, and we want to be able to live out our moral values that are based on the Bible," says Dr. McHenry.
OBU has operated according to its core values for more than 100 years. The Obama Administration has no business forcing its agenda on a Christian school and disregarding the very essence of what America was founded upon—religious freedom.
No matter what the Court decides, OBU is another shining example of what it means to stand firm and lead the next generation by example and by inspiring them to action. After all, taking a stand will soon be required of all Christians if we truly want to retain the freedoms protected by the Constitution.
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