Nashville Catholic groups sue over federal mandate

Nashville Catholic groups sue over federal mandate

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NASHVILLE (AP) - The Diocese of Nashville, along with seven other Catholic entities in Middle Tennessee, are suing the federal government over the contraceptive mandate.

The suit is similar to others filed around the country by religious groups that object to a directive from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That directive requires insurers to provide coverage for oral contraception as part of the Affordable Health Care Act.

The groups filing suit on Wednesday include Mary Queen of Angels, St. Mary Villa, Villa Maria Manor, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Father Ryan High School, Pope John Paul II High School and Aquinas College.

Nashville Diocese spokesman Rick Musacchio told The Tennessean that the contraceptive mandate violates the groups' Catholic beliefs by forcing them to provide services they find "morally objectionable."

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