July 30, 2014

Judge tosses contraceptive coverage lawsuit filed by states

A federal judge has ruled that the states which filed a lawsuit against a requirement that health insurance companies provide coverage for contraceptives do not have standing to bring the lawsuit against the Obama Administration.

U.S. District Judge Warren Urbom of Lincoln dismissed the case filed by Nebraska and other states today.

The lawsuit claimed that the administrative rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services violated the religious rights of employers such as hospitals and schools affiliated with churches that object to the use of contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

The federal Justice Department had argued the states failed to show they faced an imminent threat and that the states lacked the First Amendment protections needed to prove a grievance.

The judge ruled the case is not ripe for review and the plaintiffs lack standing.

The lawsuit included three groups based in Nebraska: Catholic Social Services, Pius X Catholic High School and the Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America as well as a nun and a female missionary.