Baptists join birth control controversy

The recent controversy over religion and birth control controversy doesn't just affect Catholics.

A local Baptist-influenced university announced its stance on the recent birth control mandate.

"All we hear about is Catholic response," Terry Buster, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Hannibal-LaGrange University said.

"But this serves a wider proud of Evangelical group of people."

Buster is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Palmyra which announced their stance against President Barack Obama's contraception coverage under his health care reform.

"We believe they're asking us to go against our religious beliefs and convictions," she said.

The university insures it's employees through GuideStone Financial Resources, a private organization that works primarily with Southern Baptist churches and religious institutions like HLGU.

Both groups oppose the birth control mandate and so do their employees.

"We have had positive feedback on it from our employees," Betty Anderson the dean of business and finance at Hannibal-LaGrange University said.

"As I've been walking the halls even they've been coming to my office saying they were glad to see we had made a statement."

Under Obama's birth control reform Guidestone will be required to provide abortive contraceptives, something employees at the university say is against their religious beliefs.

"I think we see a redefining of contraception," Buster said. "In this policy and the policy of the administration where there bringing in the morning after."

"Not the morning after pill or plan b or any of those no, because we believe like begins at conception," said Anderson.

Most employees that work at Hannibal-LaGrange are involved with various churches throughout the Tri-States that share the same values as the university.