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VOL. 36 | NO. 47 | Friday, November 23, 2012




Federal judge dismisses Catholic nonprofits' suit

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NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a group of Catholic nonprofits in Nashville that challenged a provision of the new federal health care law.

An attorney for the nonprofits said in court earlier this month that the agencies have a religious objection to providing health care coverage for their employees that includes services like contraception and sterilization.

He asked U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell to issue an injunction, preventing the government from enforcing the so-called contraceptive mandate.

Campbell last week dismissed the suit, ruling that the nonprofits have suffered no injury from the new rule because it is not currently being enforced.

The rule is being revised to try to accommodate nonprofits with religious objections to it.