Ave Maria will pursue lawsuit over contraceptives

AVE MARIA, Florida (AP) - Ave Maria University officials say they're thrilled by a Supreme Court ruling against a requirement to provide health care that includes contraceptives, and they'll push forward with a lawsuit against the government over the mandate.

The court ruled Monday that some corporations can opt out of that requirement, if they're owned by a small group of people with religious objections to providing the coverage.

The Catholic university in southwest Florida balked at the mandate and sued the government.

Ave Maria President Jim Towey says he hopes the ruling prompts the government to create "the exemption that should have been provided from day one for faith-based groups." Otherwise, Towey says, the university has until Nov. 1 to comply with the contraception mandate with insurance coverage for 170 employees or face fines.


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