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Obama administration backs out of appeal over new contraceptive mandate (+video)

Government lawyers give up their challenge to a temporary injunction in a Bible publisher's lawsuit and will battle the issue in another pending case at the appeals court.

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A federal appeals court in Washington has granted a request by the Obama administration to back out of an appeal involving a publisher of Bibles who is refusing for religious reasons to provide contraceptives to his employees under the president’s new health-care mandate.

Mark Taylor and Tyndale House Publishers sued the Obama administration on grounds that the Affordable Care Act’s mandate concerning provision of contraceptives violates the publisher’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

The ACA requires that employers provide cost-free contraception for their workers – including the so-called morning after pill, which some critics say is an abortion-inducing drug.

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