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Catholic groups win NY contraceptive ruling

NEW YORK (AP) A Brooklyn judge has granted a permanent federal injunction that exempts four organizations with ties to the Catholic Church from being required to provide contraceptive care to its employees through a third party.

The Daily News says the ruling released Monday by Judge Brian Cogan in Federal District Court in Brooklyn affects more than 25,000 employees at two high schools, six hospitals, three nursing homes and several nonprofits.

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A lawsuit was filed last year that challenged an Obama administration accommodation to nonprofits that had objected to the contraception mandate.

Under the Affordable Health Care Act, nonprofits are required to provide contraceptive coverage or authorize a third party to voluntarily provide coverage.

Cogan argued that forcing groups to authorize a third party to provide contraceptive care violated their religious beliefs.

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