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Notre Dame refiles suit against Obamacare ‘contraception mandate’

December 3, 2013

The University of Notre Dame has refiled a federal lawsuit seeking to block enforcement of the so-called contraception mandate included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The suit, originally filed in May, was refiled in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in South Bend on Tuesday. It was dismissed previously as untimely because the mandate had not taken effect.

The suit, University of Notre Dame v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., 3:13-CV-1276, argues that requiring the university to provide birth-control to its employees violates its religious liberties under the First Amendment and under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The university said in a statement Tuesday that efforts to resolve the school’s objections failed to ease Notre Dame’s concerns, so the suit was refiled.

Dozens of lawsuits around the country have been filed challenging the contraception mandate, and the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two such cases in the spring.

 

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