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Court delays birth control mandate for Catholic groups

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 1/02/2014 11:39 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV — The New Year brought the promise and responsibility for all Americans to have health insurance.

Shortly before 2014 arrived, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily exempted some Catholic groups from having to provide birth control coverage.

Catholic-affiliated groups around the nation filed in federal court to delay that mandate.

Opponents argue the contraceptive coverage requirement forces employers to buy birth control those conflicts with their religious beliefs.

But Cathy Alderman, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood for the Rocky Mountains Region, says she's disappointed and concerned.

“We're feeling this is an additional attack on access of women to basic health care they need, and it's just one more way for organizations to try to impose their religious beliefs on people they employ,” Alderman said.

Local Catholic-affiliated groups were not available for comment.

The Obama administration has until Friday morning to respond to the Supreme Court justice's order.


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