Judge denies Catholic Diocese's injunction request

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from Roman Catholic organizations in Wyoming to block provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper on Tuesday issued an order denying the Catholic groups' request for an injunction against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The groups wanted to block access to contraception and abortion services coverage for hundreds of non-ministerial employees.

Skavdahl heard arguments last week from lawyers for the Catholic groups who said it would violate their clients' religious freedom to fill out a certification form that would trigger third party insurance coverage.

Skavdahl ruled the Affordable Care Act itself would authorize or obligate the third party insurance administrator to provide the objectionable coverage, not the groups' certification.

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