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Federal Judge In Michigan Blocks Birth Control Coverage Mandate For Pizza Chain

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff granted this preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the health law's contraception coverage requirement.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Judge: Feds Can't Make Domino's Founder Tom Monaghan Offer Workers Contraceptive Coverage
A judge on Thursday blocked the federal government from requiring the founder of Domino's Pizza to provide mandatory contraception coverage to his employees under the health care law. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the contraception provision of the law against Tom Monaghan and Domino's Farms Corp., a management company located near Ann Arbor, Mich. (3/14).

Bloomberg: Michigan Judge Blocks Health-Care Birth-Control Mandate
The U.S. health-care reform's mandate requiring employee insurance plans to provide coverage of contraception was blocked by a federal judge in Michigan. Tom Monaghan and his property-management company, Domino's Farms Corp., sued the U.S. government in December, contending that complying with the mandate would require him to violate his religious beliefs as a member of the Catholic Church. Domino’s Farms would have to provide contraceptive products, including an abortion-inducing drug, or be forced to pay $200,000 a year as a tax or penalty, the plaintiffs said (Fisk, 3/15).

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