Nashville Catholic nonprofits fight mandate

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of Catholic nonprofits in Nashville is asking a federal judge to prevent the government from forcing them to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees.

In court on Thursday, an attorney for the federal government argued the case should be dismissed. He said the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act is currently under revision and is not being enforced. He argued that because of that, the plaintiffs cannot show injury — a requirement for an injunction.

Attorneys for the Diocese of Nashville claim that local nonprofits have been injured by the mandate. They argued that due to special circumstances the Villa Maria Manor, Mary Queen of Angels and the St. Mary Villa Child Development Center already are forced to pay for contraceptive coverage despite their religious objections.

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