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Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese, Notre Dame, others file lawsuit over health mandate

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Monday, May 21, 2012 11:37 am
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, University of Saint Francis, Our Sunday Visitor and the University of Notre Dame are among a group of organizations that have filed federal lawsuits stemming from the federal mandate regarding, among other things, the providing of contraceptive products and abortion-inducing drugs, according to a news release.A media conference was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. to discuss the legal action, according to the release.

The release says that defendants named were the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Labor and their respective secretaries.

The lawsuit stems from the recently enacted Health and Human Services mandate in which religious employers who do not qualify for an exemption must provide abortion-inducing drugs, access to sterilization procedures, and contraceptive products and services at no cost to employees.

According to the press release, the diocese sees this mandate as making them complicit in providing and facilitating products and services contrary to their doctrines and is a constitutional violation.

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