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Catholic Media Group Denied Exemption From Contraceptive Coverage Rules

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request from a Catholic media network for an exemption from the federal contraceptive coverage rules, the Birmingham News reports (Garrison, Birmingham News, 6/18).

EWTN Global Catholic Network -- which broadcasts Catholic programming around the world -- first challenged the requirement in February 2012, but U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn dismissed the case in March 2013, ruling that the organization could not file suit because the rules were not yet finalized.

In October, EWTN and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) filed a new lawsuit against the finalized rules, arguing that they impede EWTN's religious freedom (Women's Health Policy Report, 10/29/13).

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled against EWTN.

In response, EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw said the organization would make an "immediate appeal" to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Birmingham News, 6/18).