Seven States filed a lawsuit to block the Federal government's requirement that religious organizations provide health insurance coverage that includes access to contraception for women, free of charge, NewsCore reported.
According to the news outlet, the attorneys general of Florida, Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Nebraska and Ohio jointly filed the lawsuit in a Nebraska U.S. District Court. Two private citizens, two religious non-profit organizations and a Catholic school also joined the States against the contraception mandate, part of President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare reform.
NewsCore reported that the lawsuit asks a Federal judge to declare the mandate unConstitutional and enjoin the government from enforcing the law.
"The President's so called 'accommodation' was nothing but a shell game: the mandate still requires religious organizations to subsidize and authorize conduct that conflicts with their religious principles," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement. "The very 1st Amendment to our Constitution was intended to protect against this sort of government intrusion into our religious convictions."
POLITICO reported that Democratic House leaders recently used a hearing to again accuse House Republicans of ignoring women in the debate over the contraception mandate.