DC Circ. Lifts Contraception Mandate During Church's Appeal

Law360, New York (January 2, 2014, 7:51 PM EST) -- The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday granted the Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington's bid for an injunction blocking the government from enforcing the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate against the church pending its appeal claiming the mandate threatens religious freedom. 

The church had argued in an emergency motion filed Dec. 23 that the Affordable Care Act’s federal mandate requiring nonprofit Catholic organizations to facilitate health coverage for contraception, sterilization and what it called abortion-inducing products violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by imposing a substantial burden on its...
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