Pittsburgh Diocese wins delay against Affordable Care Act

Pittsburgh Diocese wins delay against Affordable Care Act

A federal judge in western Pennsylvania says Catholic groups don’t immediately have to comply with mandates in the federal health care overhaul law.

The Diocese is challenging its participation in the health care program because it would be required to provide its employees with contraceptives.

There were strong words earlier this month from Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese leader Bishop David Zubik as he testified in federal court on the issue.

Bishop Zubik told the court: “The issue with the services in the mandate is that they either go against preservation of human life or involve the actual taking of human life.”

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Churches are exempt from the mandate, but charitable organizations, including Pittsburgh Catholic Charities, were not.

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