Wyo. Catholic groups take fight to high court

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Roman Catholic organizations in Wyoming are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act that would require them to facilitate health insurance coverage for contraception and abortion services for hundreds of employees or face stiff fines beginning Tuesday.

A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a similar challenge from the retail store chain Hobby Lobby. Company owners opposed providing the health care coverage on religious grounds.

The Wyoming Catholic organizations have appealed last month's decision by a federal judge that they must comply with the law to a federal appeals court in Denver. The groups have asked the Supreme Court to block the rule if the appeals court doesn't act before Tuesday's deadline.

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