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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ind. Decisions - More on: Notre Dame sues feds over requirement to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives

Updating this May 21, 2012 ILB entry, which includes a link to the complaint, Tom Moore and Margaret Fosmoe of the South Bend Tribune report in a story filed yesterday afternoon that begins:

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the University of Notre Dame challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide birth-control coverage.

The lawsuit, filed last May, challenges federal regulation requiring religious organizations to provide health insurance coverage for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs. The suit argues that such a regulation goes against Catholic Church teachings.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Miller ruled Jan. 2 [sic] that the case lacks jurisdiction because Notre Dame and other “religious employers” were granted a yearlong “safe harbor” from enforcement of the regulations until Aug. 1, meaning Notre Dame’s claims are not ripe.

ILB: Here is a copy of the Dec. 31, 2012 ruling.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 10, 2013 08:50 AM
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