Denver court rules against Little Sisters of the Poor contraception coverage case

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July 15, 2015

File - In this Jan. 2, 2014, file photo, Mother Patricia Mary walks in the chapel at the Mullen Home for the Aged, run by Little Sisters of the Poor, in Denver, Colo. Denver nuns who operate nursing homes are poised to file a full federal court challenge to the national health care law's birth control rules. The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the Little Sisters of the Poor, said the full appeal would be filed Monday before the 10th Circuit. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

A federal appeals court in Denver ruled on Tuesday against a group of Colorado nuns who challenged a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide insurance policies covering contraception.

Though religious groups are already exempt from covering contraceptives, the plaintiffs – the Little Sisters of the Poor as well as four Christian colleges in Oklahoma – argued the exemption doesn’t go far enough because they must sign away the coverage to another party, making them feel as though they had a hand in providing contraceptives.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed.

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