Pa. Diocese Suit: Birth Control Mandate 'Historic'

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A federal judge will hear a lawsuit by the Catholic Dicoese of Pittsburgh this week over the Obamacare requirement that employers offer employees contraception and abortion coverage.

The diocese argues the mandate removes First Amendment protections from church schools and charities "for the first time in history."

Justice Department attorneys have argued that if Catholic Charities objects to coverage for contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs, its insurance administrator - not the church - must then provide the coverage at no charge and seek reimbursement from the federal government.

But the diocese said that amounts to including such coverage in employee insurance plans "in invisible ink."

The judge will determine whether to grant an injunction that would keep the church from having to comply with those requirements.

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