Judge: Pa. School Can Exclude Some Birth Control

A federal judge has ruled that a western Pennsylvania Christian college can temporarily exclude coverage for birth control like the morning-after pill and the week-after pill when it offers a health insurance plan to its employees.

Monday's ruling echoes an earlier finding by the same judge that Geneva College in Beaver Falls can also exclude such coverage in a health plan it offers to students.

The preliminary injunctions remain in effect until the judge rules on the school's underlying lawsuit challenging looming federal health care reforms, or until a higher appeals court rules on the issue.

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The school about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, is affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church and argues certain types of birth control violate its religious beliefs against abortion.

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