CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge in Casper is set to hear from Roman Catholic organizations trying to block the birth-control requirement in the federal health care overhaul law.
Judge Scott Skavdahl has set a hearing Wednesday in Casper on a challenge from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne and other organizations.
The groups want Skavdahl to grant an injunction blocking a provision in the federal Affordable Care Act requiring the groups to provide insurance coverage for contraception and abortion services for their non-ministerial workers.
Federal government lawyers are opposing the groups' request. They say the federal law requires religious groups to certify that they meet certain religious criteria, which would trigger third-party insurance coverage for their employees.
The legal challenge is one of many similar cases going on around the country.