Several Catholic organizations, including three from Oklahoma, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in an attempt to stop religious schools, charities and organizations from being forced to provide contraceptive health care.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese and All Saints Catholic School are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Oklahoma City.
A preliminary injunction is also sought that prevents Catholic organizations from being forced to provide surgical sterilizations, contraceptive drugs and abortion-inducing drugs under the Affordable Care Act.
“Religious liberty encompasses more than the right to worship; it includes the right to freely exercise religion, to allow religion to inform not merely our private beliefs, but also our public actions,” said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury and its secretaries are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
“Defendants have promulgated a series of rules that force the Plaintiff Employers, under pain of crippling fines and other penalties, to pay for, provide or arrange coverage in their health care plans of contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and devices, sterilization and related counseling,” a brief filed in the case states.
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