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Local Catholic groups join fight against Obama birth control mandate

The Roman Catholic dioceses of Springfield and Joliet have joined 41 other religious institutions in a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s mandate that many religious employers cover the cost of birth control for employees.

Richard Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, which also joined the lawsuit, said the lawsuits aren’t intended to challenge the goals of the Affordable Care Act or to limit employees’ access to the drugs or procedures.

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