NASHVILLE, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The Roman Catholic diocese of Nashville has asked a federal judge to bar the enforcement of the new requirement that health insurance cover contraception.
A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported. The requirement, included in President Obama's affordable healthcare plan, is set to take effect next year.
The mandate has already passed one court test. A federal judge in St. Louis ruled late Friday that the mandate does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
At a status conference Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Clifton Knowles suggested an injunction is not necessary because religious institutions have been granted a one-year delay. A lawyer for the church said that some Catholic institutions have found they cannot get rid of contraception coverage because insurance carriers must also provide it.