February 23rd, 2012
04:33 PM ET
2 years ago

States file lawsuit over contraception rule

Washington (CNN) - Seven states filed a lawsuit Thursday against the federal government requirement that religious employers offer health insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and other birth control services.

Attorneys general from Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Florida and Texas filed the lawsuit, along with private plaintiffs including Pius X Catholic High School, Catholic Social Services, The Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America and private citizens Stacy Molai and Sister Mary Catherine.

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  1. Gandalf the White

    What a waste of taxpayer money. It's really a shame that the entire governmental process appears to be hyjacked by right wing-nuts who are determined to take away women's rights. This must stop!

    February 23, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. SafeJourney

    Which states?

    February 23, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    GOP elected officials using their government position to benefit their religion of choice while taking away the healthcare rights of the people who elected them and who they are supposed to serve. So in reality they are only serve their oaths to their religion of choice or the oath to Grover Norquist.

    It's really sick how these heretics will do anything for their personal preference of greed, god, & guns.

    February 23, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Seven states filed a lawsuit Thursday against the federal government requirement that religious employers offer health insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and other birth control services."

    That's not what the rule says. Thanks for the misinformation. Try again.

    February 23, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. sandy

    Wasting taxpayer money!

    February 23, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Ray

    Hmm, and I wonder which party is in control in those 7 states? Geez, the GOP wants to lose EVERY female vote in November

    February 23, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Russ

    So now it's ok to let insurance companies deny coverage for anything they want to? What's next? I can think of lots of drugs like blood pressure medication because if you're truly devoted to your god, then you won't mind having a stroke or heart attack and dying so you can go to meet him. Right? Or maybe antibiotics.....again a heathly body should be able to ward off an infection unless it is part of gods plan to call you home. Yep, let insurance companies continue to dictate who gets care and who doesn't.

    February 23, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    That's not what the law said, idjits!

    February 23, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. DaveC

    Are these same states filing lawsuits on worker's rights or the rights of the disabled? Have these states feed all their poor, taken care of all their needy children,etc.? If not, then why in God's name are they wasting their taxpayer's money on this nonsense? To satisfy a few right wing, tea party religious conservative fanatics? More waste of taxpayer's dollars to satisfy fanatics.

    February 23, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Nothing new here

    I just hope that some business people will consider starting health programs that will help finance birth control, or more people will consider funding non-profs like Planned Parenthood.
    I don't know exactly how all this will pan out, but I have made a personal commitment to start providing $$$$ and condoms to neighborhood clinics that will help poor people out. I politely suggest others consider this option.

    February 23, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. macrasta

    as a women I want to know which states so I can completely boycott them

    February 23, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    I don’t know why Michigan, Ohio and Florida participating this lawsuit , these three states voters looking for fast economy growth

    February 23, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    The sad thing is the for-profit healthcare insurance companies want to be able to provide contraceptives because it's a lot cheaper than paying for prenatal healthcare and children’s healthcare benefits – especially un-wanted children.
    And the GOP is so out of touch with every American citizen – except the radical religions they choose to follow and the others who follow – that they will ignore "doing the right" thing.

    We need to vote all the GOPits into extinction.

    February 23, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. carrotroot

    Where does the church get off telling a private insurer what services the company can and cannot provide to women? Seems like this is none of the church's business.

    February 23, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    "I don’t know why Michigan, Ohio and Florida participating this lawsuit , these three states voters looking for fast economy growth"

    Probably because they mistakenly elected GOBP deathcultists for AGs. Hopefully voters wake up and make them one-termers.

    February 23, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. diridi

    Law suit on the Law. What a nonsense. On what Ground. Do they have locus standi in the suit? I don't think so. Just wasting tax payer's money and for Diversion. This is Republican idiot's work. Nation has so many important burning issues. Not this one.

    February 23, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. mario

    this is just crap,,,from the extremist right wing

    February 23, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. AnotherGDlefty

    Well I'm sure the 28 states that have had this type of policy for years might gum up the results of this current attempt at secession.

    Arizona (and several other states) have been requiring it for 10 years, why no outrage before this election cycle.

    Please America, tell the bishops what St. Josephs Hospital in Phoenix told the local bishop...butt out.

    St Joes is now clear of Catholic Healtcare West and can now make mediacal decisions based on medicine not a 2000 year old book.

    Any of the bishops care to discuss Bishop Obrien of Phoenix and his moving of pedophile priests or his drunken hit & run that left a man dead in the street?

    It will be a cold day in Phoenix when I give a rip about these religious nuts.

    February 23, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. American

    Wow, the GOP politicians really do want to drive sensible women away by attacking their rightful access to contraceptive coverage.

    Forget the fact this was originally a Republican idea, and many conservative states already have almost the exact same law.

    What nonsense and a complete waste of taxpayer money. Right, Bondi?

    February 23, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Joe

    Ron Paul........"Give me liberty, or give me............quick, what's my line"?

    February 23, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. CBR

    What do they say about coverage for Viagra? This is truly an unnatural response to a male problem.

    Exactly why do these A.G.'s think they need to do this? I suspect that it is election time for them. There are much broader health questions to address and this suit only takes energy away from those tasks. A big waste of tax payer money.

    February 23, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |