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Missouri college sues over contraception mandate

Monday, September 17, 2012 | 7:56 a.m. CDT; updated 12:41 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 17, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — The College of the Ozarks in southwest Missouri is joining opponents of the new federal health care law with its own lawsuit over the law's birth control component.

Officials of the Christian college near Branson said they will file suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Springfield in response to the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act.

The federal law requires contraception coverage in employer health insurance plans. The College of the Ozarks said the requirement violates its institutional religious beliefs.

Schools such as the University of Notre Dame and The Catholic University of America have also filed federal lawsuits against the contraception mandate. The attorneys general in seven states are also pursuing legal challenges, despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld most of the federal law.


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