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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Ind. Decisions - "Feds fight Notre Dame on contraception rule reprieve"

Jennifer Haberkorn reports in Politico (h/t @AppellateDaily):

Justice Department lawyers filed a legal brief Tuesday with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opposing the Catholic university's latest bid to be exempted from the law's mandate on contraception coverage.

The school, which is complying with the coverage mandate while fighting the policy in court, was denied a similar stay by the 7th Circuit late last year. Notre Dame re-filed its petition after the Supreme Court granted an injunction to the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged last month.

The school said its case is nearly identical to the Little Sisters; the Justice Department said Tuesday that the facts are not the same.

Notre Dame "Employees and other beneficiaries are currently receiving contraceptive coverage," Justice Department officials wrote in their brief (posted here).The school "offers no reason why this Court should disrupt the status quo by entering an injunction pending appeal while it is considering the merits of the appeal on a highly expedited basis."

The story includes a link to the DOJ 7th Circuit brief.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 6, 2014 09:09 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions