Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Pennsylvania Dioceses File New Challenges To Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

According to AP and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh along with its affiliated Catholic Charities have joined the list of religious non-profits that have refiled challenges to the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate now that the final regulations are in place. The complaint filed yesterday contends that the accommodation provided for in the final regulations still requires the religious organizations to subsidize contraceptive services, including contraceptives seen as abortifacients. The diocese's earlier challenge was dismissed last November on ripeness and standing grounds. (See prior posting.)

A similar suit was also filed yesterday by the Catholic Diocese of Erie (PA), according to the Erie Times-News. (See prior posting.)