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Today Catholic institutions across the country filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the Obama administration.
Specifically targeting the health and human services mandate about contraception which they call a threat to religious freedom.
The archdiocese of Washington is among the plaintiffs' bar in the latest in a series of shots at Obama care.
Possibly less than a month before the US Supreme Court decides the fate of the health care law here's chief national correspondent Jim Angle.
43 Catholic organizations challenge the health care law saying it violates religious freedom by requiring a wide range of Catholic institutions to provide contraceptive coverage including drugs that induced abortion.
The key issue is religious liberty.
And the ability of religious institutions.
To practice -- what it preaches and cannot be compelled by the government.
I think it's remarkable that the Obama administration has gotten bogged down in such -- minor decisions as to.
When people are gonna get contraceptives and what kind of contraceptives their -- and -- half.
The dispute stems from interpretation by health and human services that only Catholic institutions -- -- churches are exempted from providing wide ranging contraceptive coverage.
Which violates Catholic teachings.
That definition however leaves out dozens of other Catholic organizations such as Catholic schools universities hospitals and charities.
Given the work of Mother Teresa and caring for the poorest.
And and most needy people would not qualify.
As religious enough.
Catholic institutions know that HHS only defines organizations as religious if they hire and serve people of the same -- Best definition is so narrow and so unprecedented.
That virtually all Catholic institutions would be excluded because they serve anyone who needs help.
The archdiocese of Washington president serves 100000.
People through schools and charities.
And the very mention of such Catholic institutions is to serve everyone -- as many wiser people have said it changes the church from saying are you hungry to -- -- Catholic.
When -- first issued a ruling the Obama administration sought to turn the -- into a fight over contraception.
Which Catholic institutions vigorously dispute.
This is not about contraception at all.
This lawsuit that we brought today does not challenge the right to legally established right.
-- any woman to have access to or to use contraception.
Hard think of what.
Medicine is more widely available and relatively inexpensive and for many people many people's provided for free or for a very low cost.
So it's not about contraception they argue it's about religious freedom and government compulsion.
Just today I'll be Maria university dropped health insurance for its students in part because the -- new rules are going to increase premiums by 66%.
But mentally because -- university would be forced to cover contraception including abortion inducing drugs which it calls morally objectionable.
For its part Brett HA just tells fox that it does not comment on pending litigation could it will follow Jim thank.
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