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7 states file suit against HHS mandate

February 24, 2012

Seven states--Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas--have filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services in an attempt to block its mandate requiring insurers to cover contraception, sterilization, and some abortion-inducing drugs.

“Any rule, regulation or law that forces faith-based institutions to provide for services that violate their free exercise of religion, or that penalizes them for failing to kneel at the altar of government, is a flat-out violation of the First Amendment,” said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

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