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Federal Court Blocks Contraception Coverage Mandate For One Business

A U.S. district judge in Colorado issued a temporary injunction Friday, blocking the Obama administration from enforcing the birth control coverage requirement on one employer based on the owner's religious beliefs. The judge issued a three-month temporary injunction, allowing for further legal review of the case brought by a Catholic small business owner.

Politico: Judge Blocks Birth Control Rule For 1 Business
A U.S. district judge in Colorado on Friday blocked the Obama administration from enforcing its requirement that a Colorado employer provide its workers with insurance coverage of contraceptives without a co-pay. The judge issued a three-month temporary injunction, allowing for further legal review of the case brought by a small Catholic business. The ruling applies to one specific business, and does not stop the whole rule from going into effect next Wednesday (Haberkorn and Norman, 7/27).

The Hill: Federal Court Allows Company To Ignore Birth-Control Mandate
A federal court said Friday that a Colorado-based company does not have to comply with the Obama administration's birth-control mandate because of the employer's religious beliefs. Several businesses and religious groups have sued over the policy, which requires most employers to provide contraception coverage in their healthcare plans. Friday’s temporary injunction is the first time a court has ruled against the policy. Judge John Kane emphasized that his ruling only applies to the specific company whose lawsuit he considered — Colorado-based Hercules Industries (Baker, 7/27).

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