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Mennonites take on birth-control mandate

(WASHINGTON TIMES) A lawsuit against the Obama administration’s “contraception mandate” in its health care law is heading to a federal appellate court this week, while a Mennonite-owned company filed the 41st lawsuit seeking relief from it.

At issue is the requirement in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that employers with 50 or more full-time employees offer for free all approved forms of contraception and sterilization in their health care policies, or face sizable penalties.

Many religious employers object to such coverage as a violation of their religious freedom, and if it is forced on them, they will be forced to drop health care insurance and incur penalties, such as a $2,000-a-year fine per employee.