NEW YORK -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis are among dozens of Roman Catholic institutions suing the Obama administration over a mandate that most employers provide birth control coverage.
The archdiocese and Catholic Charities filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. The other suits from around the country were also filed Monday. The lawsuits the largest push against the mandate since President Barack Obama announced the policy in January.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis will be holding a news conference at 2:15 Monday afternoon to give a statement on the suit.
Many faith leaders say the requirement violates religious freedom. The original exemption for religious groups allowed houses of worship to opt-out, but keeps the requirement in place for religiously affiliated charities.
Obama offered to soften the rule so that insurers would pay for birth control instead of religious groups. However, the bishops say the accommodation doesn’t go far enough.
Among other institutions suing are the University of Notre Dame, the Archdioceses of Washington and Michigan and the Catholic University of America.