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Pittsburgh Diocese sues again over health mandates

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is suing the federal government again seeking to overturn a looming requirement that employers offer contraceptive coverage in employee health plans.
A judge in November dismissed a previous lawsuit, saying the diocese has not been harmed by the legislation and that the government had promised to take steps to address religious objections.
But the new federal lawsuit claims such promises have proven to be "empty words" - and said the final regulations that take effect Jan. 1 are worse than the proposed regulations that prompted last year's lawsuit.
The Department of Justice, which will defend the new suit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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