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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ind. Decisions - More on: 7th Circuit "rules 3 Notre Dame students can intervene in lawsuit challenging health care law"

Here is an extended version of Tom Coyle's AP story from yesterday. A quote:

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled late Tuesday that the three students — identified only as Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2 and Jane Doe 3 — can take part in the lawsuit. Ayesha Khan, who is representing the women and is legal director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said Wednesday that the women wanted a say in the lawsuit because they have a perspective different from lawyers representing the federal government.

"They are the people who would be impacted by Notre Dame getting out of the Affordable Care Act regulation," she said. "The United States is defending an entire regulatory skein, not speaking on behalf of any particularly affected women."

She said students' decisions to attend Notre Dame should not make them unable to have health care coverage that covers birth control "that the government has determined to be necessary for women's health care."

University spokesman Paul Browne said the case is fundamentally about the mandate's unconstitutional impingement on religious liberty, "and only incidentally about contraceptive services." * * *

She said the three women wish to remain anonymous because the case involves information of a "private nature." The university's code of conduct states that students who engage in sex outside of marriage may be subject to referral to the university conduct process. Khan also said the women could be "ostracized" if their identities were made public.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 16, 2014 09:46 AM
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