TN Catholics Sue to Block Contraceptive Mandate

The Diocese of Nashville and seven other local Catholic institutions filed suit against the federal government Wednesday, challenging a mandate that requires them to offer contraceptive coverage and morning-after pills as part of their employees’ health insurance.
Further from the Tennessean’s report:
The suit claims the contraceptive mandate required by the nation’s health-care overhaul is “in violation of the centuries’ old teachings of the Catholic Church.”
“Plaintiff’s genuinely held religious beliefs dictate that it is unacceptable to support, pay for, provide, and/or facilitate abortion, sterilization, or the use of contraceptives as these services are contrary to Catholic Doctrine,” the suit said.
Joining the lawsuit are Father Ryan High School, Pope John Paul II High School, Catholic Charities and Aquinas College. Also included are Mary Queen of Angels, Villa Maria Manor and St. Mary Villa. Each is incorporated and operates independently.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Middle Tennessee, joins a growing list of similar legal actions challenging the reproductive health-care requirements of the Affordable Care Act since the rules were first written in August 2011. At least 28 suits have been filed so far on behalf of 88 religious schools, hospitals and other entities, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

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