Court reinforces order blocking Pa. dioceses from HHS mandate requirement

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July 1, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. is one of six Catholics on the nation's highest court. He is pictured in a 2010 photo. (CNS photo/Larry Downing, Reuters) (March 16, 2012) See WASHINGTON LETTER March 16, 2012.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. is one of six Catholics on the nation’s highest court.(CNS photo/Larry Downing, Reuters) (March 16, 2012)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a June 29 order, the Supreme Court continued to shield several Pennsylvania religious institutions from having to provide employees with health care coverage that includes contraceptives.

The order in a case filed by the bishops and the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania, their charitable institutions and a school said the government may not enforce the challenged provisions of the Affordable Care Act, pending final resolution of legal challenges on the merits of the institutions’ objections to what is known as the contraceptive mandate.

Justice Samuel Alito in April had granted an interim injunction to the Pennsylvania ministries.

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