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12/14/2012 03:53 pm ET

Ave Maria Ups Health Care Law Contraception Fight | Marco Island Sun Times | Marcoislandflorida.com

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Ave Maria University and about 30 other religious institutions across the nation that have filed lawsuits against the Affordable Health Care Act’s contraception mandate are intensifying the battle in 2013, focusing first on fighting “safe harbor.”

It means the government exempts them from the law’s requirement that employers provide free birth control as part of their health plans until August. In the interim, the aim is for government and religious institutions to hammer out a solution that will resolve religious objections.

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