|By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune|
Darrah's ruling comes exactly one week after the Obama administration announced it had opened the door for religious nonprofits to rely on a third-party company to cover the cost of federally approved contraception and sterilization procedures.
"Their claims of uncertainty do not meet the hardship requirement necessary to make their claims ripe for adjudication," Darrah wrote.
Since May, dozens of religious institutions have filed lawsuits, challenging the Obama administration's mandate that many religious employers offer health insurance covering contraception for women at no extra cost.
Under the rules announced last year, religiously affiliated schools, charities and hospitals would not be exempt from providing care that includes
The lawsuits accused the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury, and
"The 'not ripe yet' logic is consistent with what's going on in other jurisdictions," Gilligan said, pointing to one almost certain possibility. "This issue will very likely wind up in front of the
"We will be carefully studying the decision before we decide what the next steps will be," she said.
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