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Colorado university revives birth control lawsuit

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado Christian University is reviving a lawsuit challenging a birth control benefits mandate connected with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

The school filed its renewed lawsuit Wednesday in Denver. The lawsuit challenges U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) efforts to make employers include certain contraceptive methods in a basic preventive services package required by PPACA.

The school says the HHS mandate violates its religious beliefs.

The Lakewood, Colo., university first filed the lawsuit in 2011. A judge dismissed the lawsuit, telling the school to wait for the federal government to issue new regulations to accommodate religious objections of employers like the university.

A lawyer representing the university says new regulations issued in June do not address the school’s concerns.

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