Federal Court Rules Against Notre Dame’s Birth Control Appeal

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February 22, 2014 2:10 p.m.

A federal court ruled against the University of Notre Dame on Friday in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate, the Associated Press reported.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld a federal judge’s previous ruling that denied Notre Dame’s request for an injunction to prevent it from complying with the birth control mandate. The court noted in its decision that Notre Dame already notified the administrator of its employee plan as well as the insurer for students that the university would not pay for contraception coverage.

The Roman Catholic university had re-filed its lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s birth control mandate on the basis of religious freedom in December. Its original lawsuit had been dismissed because the school would not be subject to the health care law’s regulation in the first place, as birth control is to be provided directly by insurers to employees at religious schools.

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