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Judge Dismisses Catholic Challenge of ‘Contraceptive Mandate’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a group of Catholic nonprofits in Nashville that challenged a provision of the new federal health care law.
An attorney for the nonprofits said in court earlier this month that the agencies have a religious objection to providing health care coverage for their employees that includes services like contraception and sterilization.
He asked U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell to issue an injunction, preventing the government from enforcing the so-called contraceptive mandate.
Campbell last week dismissed the suit, ruling that the nonprofits have suffered no injury from the new rule because it is not currently being enforced.
The rule is being revised to try to accommodate nonprofits with religious objections to it.

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.