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43 Catholic Institutions File 12 Separate Lawsuits Against Obama’s Birth Control Rule

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The University of Notre Dame, Catholic University of America, the Archdiocese of Michigan, and the Archdiocese of New York have filed a lawsuit against an Obama administration regulation requiring employers and insurers to offer preventing health services — including contraception — without additional cost sharing. The suit, one of 12 filed Monday, argues that the requirement violates the Catholic institutions’ religious freedom — even though regulators have included an accommodation for religious organizations. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has called the challenges “unbelievable” and claimed, “This isn’t a religious or political issue – it’s a medical issue, and that’s where we should keep it.” An overwhelming majority of Americans — and Catholics — support the coverage rule.

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Ian Millhiser points out that eight years ago, a similar case against contraceptive access “earned barely any support even on one of the most Republican courts in the country.”

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