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Justice Halts Religious Groups’ Birth Control Opt-Out Role

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Supreme Court justice is blocking an appeals court’s ruling that would have forced two western Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses and a Christian college to fill out forms to avoid penalties for not directly providing contraceptive benefits.

Justice Samuel Alito issued the order Tuesday soon after the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals filed documents making its ruling official. The religious groups had asked Alito to intervene while they appeal to the Supreme Court.

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