U.S. Supreme Court Grants Five CCCU Institutions Unanimous Victory

May 18, 2016
WASHINGTON - On May 16, the Supreme Court issued a victory for five CCCU institutions challenging the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate for their employee and student healthcare plans.

In an unsigned court opinion in Zubik v. Burwell, which consolidated seven different cases into one, the Court vacated all previous rulings and remanded all of the cases back to the lower courts in order to give the government a chance to create “an approach going forward that accommodates the petitioner’s religious beliefs” while still ensuring all employees receive the mandated healthcare services.

“This ruling is a win for religious freedom and provides new initiative for the government, health insurance providers and concerned employers to work together to meet the government’s mandate for coverage without impeding the religious beliefs of employers,” said CCCU President Shirley V. Hoogstra.

More widely known as the Little Sisters of the Poor case, this was a win for CCCU institutions East Texas Baptist University, Geneva College, Houston Baptist University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Southern Nazarene University, and affects the other 14 CCCU institutions who have filed suit in this matter.


The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of 180 Christian institutions around the world. The 117 member campuses in North America are all regionally accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences and whose missions are Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith. In addition, 63 affiliate campuses from 20 countries are part of the CCCU. The CCCU’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. Visit

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities offers 9 off-campus study programs, collectively branded BestSemester®, which expand learning opportunities for students from CCCU campuses and are designated as culture-shaping or culture-crossing programs. Culture-shaping BestSemester programs are: American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.), Contemporary Music Center (Nashville) and Los Angeles Film Studies Center (Los Angeles). Culture-crossing BestSemester programs are: Australia Studies Centre, Latin American Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, Oxford Summer Programme, Scholars’ Semester in Oxford and Uganda Studies Program. Visit for program details.