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U.S. Appeals Order Freeing Publisher From Birth Control Rule

The U.S. will appeal a temporary court order won by a Bible publisher that blocked the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.

U.S. agencies, in a filing today in Washington, said they will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton’s ruling that the law’s coverage mandate “substantially burdens” the religious exercise of Tyndale House Publishers Inc. by imposing “considerable” financial penalties for failing to offer birth control coverage to its 260 full-time employees.