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Judge Grants Oklahoma Religious Colleges Injunction Against Federal Birth Control Mandate

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A federal judge says four religious schools in Oklahoma don't have to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and other contraceptives as a lawsuit challenging the health care mandate is pending in court.

The preliminary injunction granted Monday by U.S. District Judge Stephen P. Friot is the latest decision preventing the government from enforcing the federal health care law's requirement that birth control be covered by insurance. On Friday, another federal judge in Oklahoma City granted an injunction preventing the enforcement of the requirement for nearly 200 religious organizations.

Monday's ruling affects Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Mid-America University and Oklahoma Wesleyan University. The schools argue that providing insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and certain other contraceptives violate religious beliefs embraced by the institutions.

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