Federal judge rules in favor of Catholic business on birth control regs

This is just the first skirmish in a war that will almost certainly end up in the Supreme Court.  A Detroit federal judge has ruled that a Catholic business in Michigan doesn't have to comply with the HHS regulations issued by the Obama administration that require employers to offer health insurance that covers birth control. Reuters: The ruling only affects the company's Catholic proprietor, Daniel Weingartz, and the approximately 170 people who work for him. But it opens the door for other firms to seek relief on religious grounds. Cleland is now the second federal judge to temporarily block part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 from being enforced against the religious owners of a family business. In July, U.S. District Judge John Kane in Denver temporarily prevented the government from requiring the Catholic owners of Hercules Industries Inc, a private manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, to provide health insurance that covers birth...(Read Full Post)

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