Contraception Wars

Michigan Judge Blocks Mandate

A federal judge in Michigan has put a temporary block on the portion of the health-care law that stipulates employers provide insurance with free birth-control coverage. In a preliminary injunction last week, Robert H. Cleland ruled the requirement could prevent the "sincere exercise of religious beliefs" by the owner of a local business. The case was brought by a local business owner who is Roman Catholic and claims the law infringes on his religious beliefs and has created his own health-care plan that he says falls in line with them.