Notre Dame's request for injunction involving birth control denied

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A federal judge has rejected a request by the University of Notre Dame for a preliminary injunction against enforcement of portions of the federal health care overhaul that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that includes birth control.

U.S. District Judge Philip Simon denied the request Friday, saying he doesn't believe Notre Dame is likely to succeed.

University spokesman Paul Browne said Notre Dame was disappointed in the ruling because it believes the mandate is an impermissible infringement on its religious rights. The university on Monday filed an appeal to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

The lawsuit challenges a compromise that attempted to create a buffer for religiously affiliated hospitals, universities and social service groups that oppose birth control.

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