Notre Dame sues over birth control mandate


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ABSTRACTNotre Dame sues over birth control mandate - NBC News.com US World Politics Business Tech Science Health Investigations Entertainment Sports Travel Nightly News Meet the Press Dateline TODAY msnbc NBCNews.com msn Nbc News Health Health follow us Facebook Twitter RSS SHOW ME: Health care Diet & Fitness Alzheimer’s Body Odd Women's health Men's health Kids' health Aging Allergies Cold & Flu Cancer Diabetes Heart health Mental health Sexual health Obamacare Notre Dame sues over birth control mandate Health 5 tips for signing up for insurance on Healthcare.gov Health 23andMe faces class action lawsuit in California Health care Audit: Health care subsidies vulnerable to fraud aids Targeted radioactive bomb might clean out AIDS virus, study finds Health Woman's forced C-section in Britain criticized Hospital costs NYT: As hospital prices soar, a single stitch tops $500 Obamacare NYT: A new wave of challenges to health law Health Sexed-up seniors do it more than you'd think fungal-meningities-outbreak FDA hopes hospitals will switch to newly regulated pharmacies Health Return of angel dust? ERs see spike in PCP, synthetic drugs Politics Obama to talk up health reform law – every day Obamacare Next question for HealthCare.gov customers: Are you really enrolled? Autism Oxytocin boosts social areas of brain in kids with autism, study finds Health 4th meningitis case confirmed at Calif. university Health Tell us your Obamacare stories: Could you keep your doctor? abortion Catholic hospital's religious rules led to negligent care in miscarriage, ACLU says obesity New research disputes fat but fit claim  Health How I found a surprisingly good health plan Health Obama vows U.S. will keep fighting to eradicate AIDS Advertise Advertise Obamacare Notre Dame sues over birth control mandate Tom Coyne The Associated Press Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn GooglePlus Email 14 hours ago The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday filed another lawsuit opposing portions of the federal health care overhaul that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that includes birth control, saying it contravenes the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in South Bend claims the Affordable Health Care Act violates Notre Dame's freedom to practice religion without government interference. Under the law, employers must provide insurance that covers a range of preventive care, free of charge, including contraception. The Catholic Church prohibits the use of contraceptives. The lawsuit challenges a compromise, or accomodations, offered by the Obama administration that attempted to create a buffer for religiously affiliated hospitals, universities and social service groups that oppose birth control. The law requires insurers or the health plan's outside administrator to pay for birth control coverage and creates a way to reimburse them. The Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, said that wasn't enough. "The government's accommodations would require us to forfeit our rights, to facilitate and become entangled in a program inconsistent with Catholic teaching and to create the impression that the university cooperates with and condones activities incompatible with its mission," he said in a statement. Notre Dame says in the lawsuit that its employee health plans are self-insured, covering a.......