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Two Different Rulings On Health Law’s Contraceptive Rule

A judge in Oklahoma ruled against the insurance coverage requirement, while a Washington judge ruled against a Catholic Church challenge. 

The Associated Press: Injunction Granted In Okla. Birth Control Lawsuit
A federal judge granted an injunction Friday that prohibits the government from enforcing the federal health care law's requirement that insurance coverage include access to the morning-after pill and similar contraceptives on almost 200 religious organizations that have filed a class-action lawsuit to block the mandate (Talley, 12/21).

Fox News: Federal Judge Deals Another Blow To Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate
Judge Timothy DeGiusti said the ministries have the right to challenge the health care law's contraceptive mandate and that an injunction is needed to prevent the federal government from enforcing it on them. The lawsuit is similar to one filed in Oklahoma City last year by Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which calls itself a "biblically founded business" (12/21).

Bloomberg: Archdiocese Obamacare Contraception Challenge Is Rejected
The Catholic Church isn’t harmed by the U.S. Affordable Care Act’s requirement for providing employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives, a judge ruled, throwing out most of a lawsuit challenging the provision. U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson in Washington yesterday rejected arguments by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and the archdiocese’s schools that the requirement to provide cost-free coverage for contraceptive services violates religious freedom (Rosenblatt and Zajac, 12/21).

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