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Ohio Attorney General Files Suit Against Obama Contraceptive Order

Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

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Ohio is joining six other states filing a legal challenge to President Obama's order that allows employees of religious organizations to get insurance coverage for contraceptives, even if the religious groups are opposed.

Attorney general Mike DeWine has filed the lawsuit. He says Ohio taxpayers could be the losers, if the order is allowed to stand.

DeWine: “Ohio has a real interest in this because of the impact it’s going to have on religious organizations who employ a lot of people who have already said if this stays in effect they will have to drop their insurance, pay the penalty.  This could shove people on the lower end of the income scale onto Medicaid, and it could have an adverse impact on Ohio taxpayers.”

DeWine says he hopes that religious groups file their OWN legal challenges of the presidential order.  If they do, DeWine says he’ll have Ohio file “friend of the court” briefs, supporting those lawsuits.

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