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Catholics sue Obama over provision of contraception in health insurance policies

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3740 (Published 25 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3740
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Leading Roman Catholic organisations have sued the Obama administration over the requirement that health insurance policies must cover contraception for their workers from 1 August. They claim that the requirement violates their religious beliefs as protected under the first amendment to the US Constitution.

Separate lawsuits were filed on 21 May in a dozen federal courts across the country by 43 prominent Roman Catholic organisations, including the archdiocese of New York and the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

“We do not seek to impose our religious beliefs on others. We simply ask that the government not impose its values on the university when those values conflict with our religious …

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