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The opinion involves a secular employer with strong Catholic beliefs.

8th Circuit enjoins birth control mandate

The 8th Circuit has enjoined the federal government from enforcing the Obama administrations mandate that all group health insurance plans provide cost-free coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs.

The opinion came on the same day that the administration proposed that churches and nonprofit religious organizations that object to providing birth control coverage on religious grounds would not have to pay for it. Under the proposed rule insurance companies themselves would cover the cost of birth control.

But the 8th Circuit case involves Annex Medical Inc., a Minnesota corporation that manufactures medical devices. It is owned by Stuart Lind, who is described in the opinion as a devout Catholic who believes that paying for birth control coverage is sinful and immoral.

The Obama administration recent proposal does not exempt for-profit secular employers from the mandate.

The case is Annex Medical, Inc., et al., v. Sebelius et al. Lind is represented by Erick Kaardal of the Minneapolis-based law firm of Mohrman & Kaardal, P.A., and attorneys from Indiana- based ActRight Legal Foundation.

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