Government Seeks Dismissal Of Challenges To Contraceptive Mandate

Government Seeks Dismissal Of Challenges To Contraceptive Mandate

The federal government on Aug. 6 filed 11 motions to dismiss in federal courts across the county, seeking to dismiss cases brought by religious groups that allege that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), 111 P.L. 148 mandate requiring all health plans to provide preventive services for free, including those for birth control, violates their religious rights, saying the plaintiffs lack standing (Diocese of Forth Wayne-South Bend Inc., et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 12-159, N.D. Ind.; University of Notre Dame v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 12-253, N.D. Ind.; R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, No. 12-3932, N.D. Ill.; The Catholic Diocese of Biloxi, Inc. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 12-158, S.D. Miss.; Archdiocese of St. Louis, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, No. 12-924, E.D. Mo.; The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, No. 12-2542, E.D. N.Y.; Franciscan University of Steubenville, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, No. 12-440, S.D. Ohio; Most Reverend David A. Zubik, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, No. 12-676, W.D. Pa.; Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, No. 12-123, W.D. Pa.; Most Reverend David A. Zubik, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, No. 12-676, W.D. Pa.; The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas v. Kathleen Sebelius, No. 12-1589, N.D. Texas; Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth v. Kathleen Sebelius, No. 12-314, N.D. Texas).

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