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August 13, 2014

White House to Issue New Contraceptive Rules by Next Week

The Obama administration has set an Aug. 22 deadline to unveil new procedures for religious nonprofits claiming an objection to the Affordable Health Care act's birth-control mandate, Christian news magazine World reports.

The government disclosed the date in a Friday filing with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hearing a challenge by the Little Sisters of the Poor to the Obamacare requirement that employers' insurance plans cover contraceptive care.

The charity contends the government's existing accommodation for faith groups—allowing them to file a form stating a religious objection and designating a third party to provide such coverage—still makes them complicit in supplying contraception.

The new workaround was spurred by the Supreme Court's July 3 order granting Wheaton College, an evangelical institution in Illinois, a stay from complying with the mandate. The administration asked that Little Sisters of the Poor notify the 10th Circuit Court by Sept. 2 if it plans to continue its legal challenge under the new rules.